1620-Research Assistant

Job #:  1620

The Research Assistant reports to the Research Lab Manager and will assist in the daily operations of the pharmaceutical science laboratory at Pacific University School of Pharmacy. This individual will work with multiple faculty members to perform a variety of research techniques and will be involved in the supervision of undergraduate and professional students in the laboratory. In addition, the Research Assistant will connect with other staff and faculty members of the School of Pharmacy by serving as a voting staff member to a School of Pharmacy’s standing committee or assigned to other clerical duties by the Research Lab Manager.


  • Responsible for training and oversight of students or other researchers in laboratory safety, standard lab operating policies, procedures, and equipment use 
  • General laboratory maintenance (for example, organization and maintenance of consumables and tissue culture room upkeep)
  • Research assistance as requested by faculty (including tissue culture work, analytical assays, protein purification, western blotting, and data management)
  • Support of the zebrafish facility and small rodent facility (short term housing of mice or rats), which at times includes a flexible schedule of working weekend days
  • Assist the Assistant Dean for Pharmaceutical Sciences in organizing research-focused events (workshop, seminar, etc.)
  • Manages scheduling of instrument use, as needed.
  • Assists with compounding lab preparation and operation, as needed.
  • Demonstrates strict confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty, staff as required by law (FERPA, HIPAA, etc.)
  • Serve as a supportive, voting member to a School standing committee, as needed
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Dean, including service to the School, College, and University.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:  Perform other related duties as assigned.

JOB SCOPE: Performs duties independently with minimal supervision, operating from specific and definite directions and instructions.  Decisions are of a routine nature made within prescribed operating guidelines, policies and procedures.  Mistakes/errors may result in work stoppage, loss of business, poor customer relations and/or damage to product, all of which can have negative financial implications for the university.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITY: This position has no direct supervisory responsibility, although the lab manager may occasionally supervise student workers per training in safety procedures.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: A minimum of a B.S. or B.A. or equivalent in a relevant scientific field is required.  A minimum of 3 years of previous lab experience is preferred.


a)      Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)

b)      Excellent interpersonal skills; enjoys working in a group settings, be highly organized, detail oriented, perform tasks autonomously and multi-task as needed.

c)      Communicates with students, faculty, staff and the public appropriate to the age of the individual served.

d)      Takes the initiative to question, challenge, research and propose change to procedures and effort to assure efficiency and integrity within the laboratory and the School of Pharmacy.

e)      Builds on basic learning and carries it from one situation to another.

f)       Demonstrates critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.

g)      Asks questions and seeks assistance, as needed.

h)      Takes responsibility to eliminate the source of problems.

i)       Demonstrates confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty and staff.

j)       Maintains proper appearance and personal conduct for the employee’s particular job.

k)      Uses effective communication skills taking into consideration body language, filters, listening, paraphrasing, and questions with customers of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

l)       Demonstrates ability to work in a team environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  Research and Compounding labs

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:  __Climbing  __Balancing  _x_Stooping  __Kneeling  _x_Crouching  __Crawling  _x_Reaching  _x_Standing _x_Walking  _x_Pushing  _x_Pulling  _x_Lifting _x_Fingering  _x_Grasping  _x_Feeling  _x_Talking  _x_Hearing __Repetitive motion

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: _x_Sedentary work  _x_Light work  __Medium work  __Heavy work  __Very Heavy work   __Visual acuity

APPLICATION:  Please email cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references to employment@pacificu.edu.  Please name your documents as shown in the following example: (Example:  Adams_Amy letter, Adams_Amy resume, Adams_Amy references).  You may also mail your application materials to Human Resources/Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR  97116.

Application materials will be screened and interview candidates will be selected and notified.  The hiring process normally consists of several interviews and can last several weeks depending on the position.  Employment is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and successful completion of a background check.  If the position is posted on our job board at http://www.pacificu.edu/hr/employment/positions/index.cfm it is an available position and you may apply.  No phone calls please.


Pacific University is a small but diverse community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.  Tracing its roots back to 1849, when it began as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in people’s lives.  Nestled in the valley at the base of the coastal range and Mount Hood, the university is only a half hour to the Portland metro center. 

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.

At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 25,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.


It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other classification protected under state or federal law, or city ordinance.  Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, provost@pacificu.edu.