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IMPORTANT: These are Without Compensation Positions. There is no salary for these positions, and there is no plan for future employment at the VA. Individuals in these positions will need to complete a full background check with the VA.

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Announcement Open: (11/24/2020)

Announcement Close: (11/29/2020)

Location: VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR

Description: Senior Research Associate

Qualifications/expectations: This is a senior research associate position managing and supervising a translational lab that runs two human biorepositories and conducts basic virology and immunology research. Duties will include daily lab management, budgeting, research support, processing, labeling, storing, indexing and tracking samples. The RA will have opportunities to develop her or his own independent research project as time allows. The applicant will be expected to work daily at BSL2+ for no more than 4 hours a day. Laboratory work will also include tissue culture, basic molecular methods like PCR, and cellular methods like flow-cytometry. Prior experience in translational and human subjects research and research program management a plus. 

Key responsibilities include supervising all aspects of day-to-day operations of the dengue virus BSL2 laboratory and COVID19 BSL2+ laboratory including training lab personnel, protocol development and execution, IBC compliance, lab budget, representing the lab at multi-site coordination meetings, coordinating laboratory collaborations with OHSU and non-OHSU investigators, coordinating and supervising human specimen sharing, assuring sample quality control, supervising data entry and cleaning and carrying out data analyses, figure prepration and manuscript preparation.

The applicant must have at least a Bachelors degree with major courses in virology, immunology or related fields and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience. The applicant must have At least 2 years of experience in a BSL2 laboratory working with human pathogens. Required job related knowledge skills and abilities include tissue culture, PCR, PBMC separation and storage, flow cytometry. Registration and certificates required include human subjects research training

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Location: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Description: Research Scientist

Qualifications/expectations:: This position requires a doctorate level degree in medical informatics. The researcher will work with the principal investigator writing grants in health services urology research. The researcher will program and develop an analytical database using national VA claims data for patients with prostate and bladder cancer. The researcher will incorporate artificial intelligence to improve the care of Veterans with bladder cancer.

Contact information: Judy Aughey,


Location: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, WI

Description: Research Assistant

Qualifications/expectations:: A graduate research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dudley Lamming in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. This position is for a highly motivated individual enrolled in a program of study at UW-Madison leading to a doctoral degree who wishes to develop an independent research career. Dr. Lamming’s research focuses on the role of the mTOR signaling pathway in the biology of age-related diseases and metabolism. 

The candidate should be willing to work with animals and with tissue culture.

Specific duties in addition to those required by the degree program include identifying research problems and designing research methodologies; assist in the writing of grants and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals; supervising undergraduate research trainees; and additional duties as requested by the principal investigator. The successful applicant must have excellent scientific, organizational, record-keeping, and problem-solving skills.

Contact information: Judy Aughey,

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