The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious viral disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Our programs are intended to span the continuum between basic and clinical science, in which discoveries are rapidly advanced from the level of molecular and cellular biology through animal models and ultimately into clinical testing. The development of this unique program in immunology and virology provides an important training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at OHSU. This is why an important part of our mission is the training of young scientists in newer academic disciplines emerging at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
This employee will be responsible for performing histopathology duties in support of the Laboratorys Scientific Program, including: processing and embedding tissues, microtomy from FFPE tissues, preparing cryostat sections, directed immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and imaging using an array of platforms, database entry, and maintain laboratory and equipment under general supervision.In addition, this individual will be supporting in-vivo experiments for a variety of projects which includes prepping, handling, and processing of non-human primate samples in accordance with lab/project specific protocols.Individuals will also spend time establishing and develop new immunohistochemical assays, including epitope retrieval steps, titering of antibodies to achieve optimal dilutions, running proper positive and negative controls, working with appropriate secondary detection reagents, working with and developing skills associated with automated staining modules, such as the intelliPATH/VALENT and Bond RX platforms, and developing new skills, e.g. multiplexed in situ hybridization and protein immunofluorescence, multispectral imaging, etc. Imperative characteristics including attention to detail, good manual dexterity, and organization skills
Bachelors Degree (4 yr.) with major courses in field of research/No Experience OR Associate's degree (2 yr.) and 3 years of relevant experience
Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks in a work day
Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal.
Must have basic laboratory skills- pipetting, ability to make calculations
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Being collaborative in completing projects and resolving problems.
Problem solving skills with the ability to listen, understand, and solve or de-escalate employee issues before they become more serious.
Ability to always demonstrate the highest level of performance and behavior standards.
Ability to be honest and straightforward, dealing with issues fairly and consistently.
Ability to be a team player. Support and assist team members. Be available to help, and learn from the team. Keep an open mind to feedback, and earn trust of staff and providers.
Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships
Must be proficient with computers running Apple and Windows/PC applications (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)
Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
Willingness to work with pathogens potentially dangerous to humans
Willingness to work in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 facilities
Willingness to work with nonhuman primate specimens
Ability to carry and lift 35lbs
Ability to stand for 3 continuous hours a day
Ability to work on a computer for 5 continuous hours a day
Ability to read fine print
Ability to perform essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
TB screening with occupational health required every 6 to 12 months
Previous experience or education in HIV/SIV disease and research
Knowledge of multiplexed immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization based methods
Familiar with whole slide digital imaging
Prior experience working with non-human primates and/or non-human primate derived specimens
Experience/Knowledge of tissue processing and handling, microtomy of FFPE, preparing cryostat sections, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, imaging using an array of platforms; serum, plasma, and mononuclear cell isolation
Histotechnician, HT (ASCP), Histotechnologist,HTL (ASCP) certifiedand/or Medical Technologist, MT (ASCP)
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As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and research. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide... many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm