Faculty Research Assistant

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Job posting number: #7239084

Posted: April 24, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a part-time 0.40 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

Appointment at the Faculty Research Assistant rank is anticipated; however, appointment at a promoted rank may be considered depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

This position works independently under general guidance in a veterinary research laboratory in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU to perform daily tasks primarily for bench and translational research, including but not limited to cell and tissue culture, immunologic techniques including multiplex and ELISA testing, DNA and RNA extraction, qPCR and qRT-PCR sample preparation, tissue dissection, flow cytometric preparation, slide staining including immunologic labeling, and other commonly used techniques. The position will include training and teaching of students in laboratory techniques, and refinement of and contribution to experimental protocols and design.
Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.
Key Responsibilities
35% Plan and perform experiments in support of research projects in lab and/or field based on knowledge of scientific theory. Interpret and perform basic analyses of results, drawing conclusions from results.

5% Review literature on an ongoing basis to remain current with new procedures and related research.

15% Offer suggestions regarding modifications to procedures and protocols.

5% Maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.

5% Contribute to publication of findings as co-author and participate in the preparation of other written documents, including procedures, presentations, and proposals.

10% Help with general lab maintenance as needed; maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed.

25% Help orient and train new staff or students and supervise student research activities.
What You Will Need
Bachelor’s Degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or related field.
Thorough understanding of biological sciences principles and basic proficiency in DNA and RNA extraction, qPCR and qRT-PCR sample preparation and analysis, antibody labeling for flow cytometry, cell culture and sterile hood technique.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
What We Would Like You to Have
Advanced degree in a scientific field.
Specific experience in veterinary medical research.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
Occasionally reach and work above shoulders.
Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Position may require repetitive motion.
Position work schedule is generally within the standard M-F work week and hours of 8 am – 5 pm, with specific hours to be determined based on laboratory experimental schedules and employee’s availability.

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