Clinical Research Assistant 2

  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jul 13, 2023
Full time Research

Job Description

Department Overview

The OHSU Department of Psychiatry, part of the OHSU Brain Institute, focuses on providing excellent clinical treatment to our patients, leading innovative research, and offering hands-on training for the next generation of psychiatrists. Our specialists care for people of every culture and background and it is our mission to value and show appreciation for diversity, showing respect for all people who we treat, teach, and serve.

Function/Duties of Position

The OHSU Developmental Brain Imaging Laboratory (DBIL), under the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Nagel, has an opening for a full-time Clinical Research Assistant – II to contribute to the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. As a Research Assistant-II, you will be heavily involved in behavioral and cognitive assessment and MRI scanning of an established cohort of adolescent study participants as part of the ABCD study. You will assist with administrative-related tasks for the project, including scheduling of participant visits, data entry and export, and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study. You may also assist with the enrollment and data collection for a new ABCD substudy, which aims to understand long-term symptoms and promote recovery from COVID-19 in ABCD participants. You may also be asked to complete phlebotomy training in order to perform blood draws on ABCD teen participants.


Experience with REDCap and Excel strongly preferred. You will be a self-starter, possessing a strong work ethic and the ability to operate independently, as well as in a team environment. Effectiveness in organizing tasks and setting priorities, multi-tasking, working efficiently with minimum oversight, interacting constructively with faculty and staff, and the ability to be adaptable, creative, and a quick learner are all necessary. Evening and weekend availability will be required, and we are particularly interested in individuals willing to make a 2-year time commitment to working in the study. Through careful examination of our biases and conscious changes to our practices, in conjunction with lab-based learning and strategic initiatives, DBIL is committed to fostering an anti-racist, inclusive, equitable and welcoming climate for all faculty, students, staff, and research participants.

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's in relevant field OR
  •  Associate's AND 2 years of relevant experience OR
  •  3 years of relevant experience OR
  •  Equivalent combination of training and experience

Preferred Qualifications


  • Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in behavioral science field or with advanced degrees.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.


  • Prior human research experience preferred.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with background in psychological or neuroimaging research. Experience working with youth and families preferred.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • The position requires sufficient computer knowledge to interface with a variety of database and statistical software, such as Excel, REDCap, SPSS, Access, and E-Prime.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills are extremely important, as the incumbent will be interacting regularly with youth and parent research participants.

Additional Details

To apply, submit cover letter, resume and/or CV and 3 professional references. This position is 100% grant funded and salary is limited to the lower range of this research classification.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or