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Research Assistant/Associate - Benoit Lab

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 11, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time

Research Assistant/Associate - Benoit Lab

Job no: 533029

Work type: Faculty - Career

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants, Chemistry

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

December 18, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please include a current CV.

Department Summary

The Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Position Summary

The Benoit lab works at the interface of medicine and engineering, with an emphasis on precisely controlling biomaterial functionality and architecture to treat diseases, control cell behavior, or answer fundamental biological questions. In particular, we are focusing on two avenues: synthetic hydrogels with tunable degradation and mechanical properties as a synthetic extracellular matrix analogue for the culture and delivery of cells for regenerative medicine approaches and polymers formed using reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT), a controlled, living polymerization strategy, designed with drug delivery applications in mind. Our overall hypothesis is that by using bottom-up approaches, we can design ‘smart' materials with distinct capabilities, such as controlling cell behavior or overcoming delivery barriers. The Research Assistant/Associate in the Benoit Lab at the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon requires an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational, research, and communication skills to participate in a variety of new and ongoing research. The Research Assistant/Associate works closely with Professor Danielle Benoit to design and implement lab research and assessment, seek and obtain external support for research activities, and publish results.

The position reports to Professor Danielle Benoit.

Minimum Requirements

Research Assistant rank:
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, bioengineering, or related fields

    Research Associate rank:
  • Terminal degree in bioengineering, human physiology, biology, or related field
  • Demonstrated research experience in the area of biomedical engineering

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Demonstrated technical skills relevant to research area
  • More than one year engaged in research regulated by IACUC and AALAC regulations

    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

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