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Research Assistant/Research Associate

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2022

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Research Assistant/Research Associate

Job no: 527902
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology
Rank: Research Assistant/Associate
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
August 10, 2021; position will remain open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please provide a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a research institute that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation. We have 18 labs and approximately 150 employees, including 45 graduate students who train in our labs. We have an administrative structure, which includes accounting, purchasing, personnel, PI support, building management, and three service centers. Our annual budget is about $9.5 million, primarily from federal research and training grants.

Position Summary
The Nolen Laboratory at the University of Oregon is currently seeking a full-time Research Assistant or Associate to study fundamental problems in cytoskeletal regulation.

A B.S. or more advanced degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Structural Biology or a related area and prior experience in a research laboratory are required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced degrees and at least three years of experience in a research laboratory. Because we approach problems in cytoskeletal function from diverse angles, the successful candidate could have specific laboratory experience in any of the following: protein biochemistry, cell biology, x-ray crystallography, fluorescence microscopy, or molecular biology. Duties will include: independent research and assisting other lab members with experiments, general maintenance of laboratory and equipment.

This research technician position will involve studies of actin cytoskeleton regulation using biochemical, cell biological, structural and/or biophysical techniques. The purpose of this position is to make high impact scientific discoveries in the field of actin regulation. The essential responsibilities will be to design and conduct experiments, interpret data, assist and train other researchers in the laboratory and maintain laboratory equipment. This position regularly comes in contact with other lab researchers (students, postdocs, and technicians) and with the laboratory principle investigator. The scope of interactions of this position with external, local, national, or international contacts will be limited or non-existent.

This person will make decisions about how to set up biochemical, biophysical, structural and cell biological assays. They will also make decisions about how to troubleshoot experiments that are not working, how to present data, how to care for equipment and reagents, how to train other lab members, and how to formulate and address key questions in actin cytoskeletal biology. The impact of these decisions will be on the scientific direction of the laboratory. Further, because the experiments will be published in scientific journals and funded by the federal government, job-level decisions will also have impact on the success metrics of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, the Institute of Molecular Biology, the University of Oregon, the National Institutes of Health and the federal funding of basic research. The level of independence in decision-making for this position will depend on the level of experience. Candidates hired at the level of Research Associate will participate more heavily in project design and manuscript and grant preparation compared to Research Assistants. At a minimum, the technician will meet with the laboratory principle investigator once per week. The guideline for job-related decisions will be to maximize scientific impact and experimental efficiency. The position will report to the laboratory PI. No one will formally report to this position, though, as stated above, the person in this position may be asked to train other laboratory members.

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant Rank:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry.
  • Experience working in a laboratory that conducts experiments in cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology or biophysics.

    Research Associate Rank:
  • Ph.D. degree in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry.
  • Experience working in a laboratory that conducts experiments in cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology or biophysics.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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