Research Assistant 2 in the Costa Lab at Oregeon Health & Science University


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Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position

The Research Assistant 2 will provide support for a non-human primate systems neuroscience laboratory with a focus on computational modeling of complex learning and decision making and how it relates to the activity of motivational neural circuits. This position will work closely with the Principal Investigator and will be expected to work autonomously and oversee daily behavioral testing and training of animals, husbandry as necessary, assist with stereotaxic surgeries and neurophysiological recording procedures, assist with training other research technicians, preparation of reagents, and the preparation of written reports and when necessary regulatory documentation.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 yr) with major courses in field of research/No Experience OR AA (2 yr) and 3 years of relevant experience
  • Think strategically and work accordingly producing effective results and working efficiently within the time constraints of the position
  • Communicates effectively in both written and oral formats
  • Works independently and in small group settings
  • Interacts and works efficiently with a variety of diverse staff
  • Prioritize work demands and coordinate research protocols with veterinary staff and staff from other labs
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Attention to details a requirement to satisfactorily complete and perform job duties
  • Work is performed in both laboratory and animal handling settings, which carry a potential risk of exposure to chemicals, biohazard materials, dry ice, and low-level radioactivity; and zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids
  • Working with non-human primates and BSL-2 reagents is required
  • Ability to transport animals and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years of experience working with non-human primates in the context
  • Operant training of non-human primates using positive reinforcement
  • Surgical training/experience involving non-human primates
  • Registered lab animal technician (RLAT) certification

Additional Details

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, CV/resume and references.

All are welcome

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