Clinical Research Assistant II

Portland VA Research Foundation
3710SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland, OR 97239
United States

Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Security Clearance Required
From $18 To $25.00
Per Hour
Employment Type
PartTime/Full Time
Military Rank

Job Description

Clinical Research Assistant II


The goal of our laboratory is to investigate disturbances in the sleep and wake cycle in rodent models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and autism, and to translate these findings to human subjects. We collect and analyze biosignals in rodents and humans and follow outcomes over time in these disease models. We seek highly motivated, highly skilled, analytical, and creative people who can work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced research environment.


- Ability and willingness to work with multiple members of the laboratory and assist where needed in experiments involving both human and animal subjects.

- Ability to stay highly organized with electronic management of large datasets, especially with potential for telework projects.

- Ability to telework and communicate with lab members regularly


- Prepare research projects for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and review process

- Plan & conduct human research studies including participant recruitment and retention

- Coding as it relates to upcoming and ongoing experiments

- Data entry into shared database and data management

- Signal processing of EEG and EMG signals and/or sleep scoring

- Collect and/or process behavioral data in animal and/or human subjects

- Present data, make figures/posters, write abstracts and manuscripts;

- Phone and video conferences as teleworking may require

- Train other personnel in the above techniques as needed


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Formal or informal experience with the following is desired:

  1. College level coursework in biology, psychology, engineering, or public health.
  2. At least 1 year of undergraduate research experience or equivalent research exposure.


- Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

- Proficiency or ability to learn statistical programs such as GraphPad Prism and IBM SPSS

- Proficiency or ability to learn programming languages such as R, Python, and/or MATLAB


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must occasionally lift and carry up to 10 pounds. The employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; and regularly reach with hands or arms.

Working Conditions:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • Primary job location is located on the VA Portland Health Care System campus.
  • New employees must submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation or seek an exemption within 8 weeks of beginning employment.

The Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, or age. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Please apply online at and include a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Cover letter should include description of recent work history as it relates to the specific responsibilities in the job announcement.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Portland VA Research Foundation
Mary Hatt
3710SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland 97239
United States

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