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Research Assistant/Associate - Human Performance Alliance

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Natural Science, Research/Scientific/Grants, Human Physiology, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

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

Review of Applications Begins

April 4, 2022; position open until filled (updated)

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please upload a cv and cover letter.

Department Summary

The Human Performance Alliance at the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon is seeking an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational, research, and communication skills to participate in a variety of new and ongoing research activities. The Research Assistant or Associate will work on the Regenerative Rehabilitation Moonshot program of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. This program, based at the University of Oregon, synergizes regenerative medicine and rehabilitation protocols to restore function to damaged tissues. An integrated interdisciplinary approach has the potential dramatically accelerate healing and optimize functional recovery following a range of tissue damage levels-and even help prevent injuries before they happen. https://humanperformancealliance.org/

Position Summary

The Research Assistant or Associate will work closely with Associate Professor/Associate Director Nick Willett to manage and implement 3D culture systems for performance organoid research and assessment across multiple research teams and projects. The position will help build and manage a performance organoid facility within the Human Performance Alliance to include dynamic 3D tissue culture systems, bioreactors, real-time imaging systems to implement pre-clinical loading regimens to simulate rehabilitation and evaluate cellular, structural and functional outcomes. They will routinely perform cell culture, fabricate scaffolds, perform primary cell isolations, implement differentiation and dynamic loading conditions, and implement novel treatments and technologies to enhance regenerative and performance related outcomes in the organoid systems. They will implement standardized SOPs for cell culture models, loading systems, and assessments that can be used across the Alliance and will provide training and oversight for their implementation. They will additionally write and manage protocols and reporting.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelors degree in bioengineering, human physiology, biology, or related field
• One year of experience working with musculoskeletal cells
• Three years experience working with tissue culture systems

Applicants with terminal degrees may be eligible for the Research Associate rank.

Professional Competencies

• Demonstrated research excellence in the area of human performance

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry or Physics
• Experience working with MSCs, osteoblasts, myoblasts, chondrocytes, or tenocytes


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