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Research Assistant - Hettiaratchi Lab

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Research Assistant (Type B)
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

November 6, 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 Research Assistant in the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon requires an individual who is self-motivated and has excellent organizational and communication skills to oversee the technical aspects of the Hettiaratchi lab on a daily basis. Additionally, the Research Assistant will work closely with Assistant Professor Marian Hettiaratchi and her project leads to design, implement, and supervise lab research, and participate in a variety of new and ongoing research in the lab as directed.

The Hettiaratchi lab applies principles in chemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering to develop new biomaterials for protein delivery to repair injured tissues in the body. The Research Assistant will play a key role in the discovery and research functions of the lab. The scientific/research duties of the Research Assistant can be tailored to the candidate’s previous experience and current interests to some extent.

The position reports to Assistant Professor Hettiaratchi.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in science relevant to the laboratory (biology, chemistry, physics, engineering)
• 1 year of relevant experience in a research environment

Professional Competencies

• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Experience in a regulated, research environment
• Demonstrated technical skills relevant to cell culture, polymer chemistry, and/or molecular biology
• Strong team ethic
• Attention to detail
• Demonstrated skills in written and interpersonal communication

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry or Physics
• Demonstrated organizational skills related to lab project management.
• Co-authorship on publications and/or presentations on work done in a previous research environment.
• Experience in animal work and research regulated by IACUC and AALAC (American Association for Laboratory Animal Care) 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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

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 uocareers@uoregon.edu 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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