Open Opportunities

Clinical Research in Pulmonary and Critical Care & Sleep Medicine (PRISM)

PRISM research team performs phase II-IV clinical trials in pulmonary clinics and hospital settings. We have multiple ongoing clinical trials in conditions like pulmonary artery hypertension, COPD, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. We accept highly disciplined volunteers to conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database and support research coordinators. Volunteers are expected to be available at least two half days (8 hours) a week for a period of 12 months. Our offices are located onthe 1st floor of Emma Jones Hall, Room 121. Shadowing opportunities will be offered to our volunteers after completion of 6 months of volunteering with PRISM.

Eligibility: Intended for pre-medical students interested ingaining research experience before applying to medical school. International medical graduates interested in gaining experience in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine may also apply.

For more information visit the Pulmonary Clinics website.Clinical trial

 

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Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP)

Exposes volunteers to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in the OHSU Emergency Department.  

Eligibility: For highly disciplined and motivated pre-medical students who plan to go into a field of clinical medicine.  

Commitment Requirements: Minimum 1 year commitment. Additional requirements apply - please contact program for details.

Interested? Contact:

For more information visit the CRISP website.

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Department of Surgery - Innovation Intern

The Department of Surgery's Surgical Innovation Program is currently accepting applications for new team members. Innovation Interns will work closely with the Innovation Staff, Institutional Partners and Investigators to bring their Mentor's novel ideas to life. This will include shadowing in the Operating Room and Clinic, market analysis, design conception and business plan development.

Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are market analysis, design conception and business plan development.

Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, and are enthusiastic about research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in College, are a Post-Bac, Medical Student, or Foreign Medical Graduate. Preference will be given to students with research, medical and engineering backgrounds.

Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer 15-20 hours per week for at least 9 months.

Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Surgical Innovation Program to

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Intracranial Hypertension Registry

To assist the Research Coordinator with the ongoing enrollment and management of patients in the Intracranial Hypertension Registry. Duties include: Data entry into a customized database (4D) and Microsoft Excel;use Microsoft Office to create mailing labels;use Microsoft Outlook to send formatted emails;assist with mailing patient questionnaires or newsletters;assist with the tabulation of survey information;review patient files and extract pertinent information;assist with managing new and existing patients.

Eligibility: General computer knowledge;ability to answer phones, take accurate messages;excellent people and communication skills;ability to follow directions and work independently;write legibly.

Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Interested? Contact:

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OHSU Library

Volunteers are welcomed to serve in a variety of capacities, depending upon experience, educational background, time available, and interest. Examples of library volunteer activities are:

  • Contribute to library digitization projects (e.g., descriptive metadata input and OCR text correction)
  • Working on special inventory or cataloging projects
  • Processing archival materials
  • Intern at the library (for library school and library assistant students)

Eligibility: At least 16 years of age. Additional requirements vary - see website.

Commitment Requirements: At least 40 hours total (no duration specified). Additional requirements vary - see website.

Interested? Contact:  or 503-494-6029

For more information visit the OHSU Library website

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Psychiatry - ADHD Study

The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is currently examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children 7 to 11 years of age. This study is under the direction of Professor Joel Nigg, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychiatry and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with testing, data collection, and data entry. Students will be in direct contact with children and their parents and will gain useful experience with child and adult cognitive achievement and physiological tests. Students will also gain experience with state of the art software for data entry, cleaning and analysis. Duties may include administering child and parent cognitive and academic tests (WISC, WIAT, WAIS, WRAT, etc.);conducting child physiological readings and computerized tasks;scoring and data entry;and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in child abnormal or developmental psychology, physiology, child behavior, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have evening and Saturday availability. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software (Systat, SPSS, Excel, Eprime) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 3 shifts per week for at least 5 months and be available for two lab meetings per month.

Interested? Contact: e-mail for information and an application.

For more information visit the ADHD Study website.

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Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study

The Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study at OHSU is currently enrolling and tracking outcomes data on clinic patients with Spina Bifida, a developmental congenital disorder. This study is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with data collection, and data entry and tracking of longitudinal outcomes.

Students will gain useful research experience and will also gain experience with National registry software programs for data entry and analysis. Duties may include assisting with data collection and data entry and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study.

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework family and human services, psychology and/or interest in developmental disabilities is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 12 hours per week for at least 5 months

Interested? Contact: for information and an application

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Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP)

T-RAP provides volunteers with first-hand exposure to clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the only academic Level-1 Trauma Center in Oregon.

The focus of our IRB approved study is to compile a prospective registry of complications in critically-ill patients admitted to the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at OHSU. Our volunteers conduct chart reviews of patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database.  They attend daily rounds in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where medical students, residents, and attending physicians evaluate laboratory/imaging results, pertinent exam findings, and treatment plans. Additionally, T-RAP volunteers attend the Trauma Conference or grand rounds to listen to speakers present on topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and nosocomial bacteremia.

Our group is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU.

Eligibility: The program invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative environment.

Commitment Requirements: A minimum one-year commitment to the program; one four-hour data entry shift every week; monthly T-RAP group meetings.

Contact: Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at  For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.

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OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention ProgramOHSU ThinkFirst Oregon is a non-profit injury prevention program focused on reducing the incidents of brain and spinal cord injury in Oregon's youth. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, ThinkFirst's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, ThinkFirst teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body."

Eligibility: if only volunteering at a couple events, we ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age. If 14 years of age and under a parent/guardian must be present throughout the volunteer shift. If volunteering at more than 2 events, we encourage volunteers to fill out/register to become an OHSU Volunteer through Research and Academic Volunteer services – There is at least a 1 year commitment.

Volunteer Responsibility: helping ThinkFirst educate the community on brain and spinal cord injury prevention through talking about brain/spinal cord anatomy, through running activities and helping to fit bike helmets.

Commitment Requirements: 1 shift at our summer events (with benefits for volunteers who volunteer at 3 or more events – a bike helmet to take home).

Interested? Fill out this survey to see if you qualify!

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21BrainStudy in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL)

Developmental Brain Imaging LabThe 21BrainStudy in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab(DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. The 21BrainStudy focuses on how personal alcohol habits and family history may impact the brain and cognition.

This is a great opportunity students interested in pursuing graduate study to gain experience working directly with participants and fMRI data collection.

The primary duties will include assisting with study visits, particularly structural and functional MRI scans, by preparing participants and assisting scan operators throughout the MRI session. Other duties include data entry, posting recruitment flyers at local businesses and college campuses, conducting initial prescreening of potential study subjects over the phone, and quality assessment of imaging data.

Eligibility: All applicants must be 21+ years of age. Must be a junior or senior in college, or completed Bachelor's degree in relevant field (or have exceptional qualifications). Strong interpersonal skills are a must. Course work in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Must have evening and/or Saturday availability. Must be professional and organized. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 8-10 hours per week for at least one year. Must have at least 2 evenings (5:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m.) available per week (actual schedule may vary).

Interested? Please send your resume or CV and availability to .  

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NW Center for Voice & Swallowing

The OHSU NW Center for Voice & Swallowing (NWCVS) provides multi-disciplinary care for voice and swallowing disorders. NWCVS also conducts research in the areas of voice disorders, airway management, head and neck cancer, dysphagia, pediatric voice, teaching and training, augmentative and alternative communication, and communication and aging.

Volunteer Program: We are currently accepting 2 research assistant volunteers to assist with various phases of research including participant recruitment, testing and data collection, and scholarly activities. Duties also may include other general laboratory tasks in support of NWCVS goals. Volunteers work under the supervision of a Principal Investigator.

Eligibility: Volunteers should be an undergraduate student, a post bac (or have exceptional qualifications), graduate student, or a medical student or resident interested in gaining clinical-translational research experience. Coursework in otolaryngology, communication disorders, human physiology, respiratory physiology, and statistics is preferred/beneficial. Volunteers must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. They must be detail-oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Volunteers with a basic knowledge of computer application software (Word, Excel) are preferred.

Commitment Requirements: Volunteers are expected to be available for at least two ½ day shifts (4-5 hours) per week for a minimum of 1 year. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers also must be available for a monthly lab meeting.

Knight Cancer Institute's Adult Solid Tumor and Hematological Malignancies Clinical Trials

The Knight Cancer Institute's Adult Clinical Trials group is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist 30+ research staff in conducting clinical trials.

Duties: Will include couriering research drug across campus, processing blood samples, packing and delivering shipments to the OHSU Shipping Office, research data entry, organizing, scanning, and filing research documents, preparing supplies for upcoming visits, collecting signatures from clinical trial investigators and general office organization.

Other duties will be assigned based on needs of the clinical trials group.

Volunteers will gain useful research experience and will also gain an overall understanding of the day-to-day operation of oncology clinical trials.

Eligibility: 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and walk long distances frequently.

Commitment Requirements: Minimum of 8 hours per week.

Interested? Contact:

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OHSU Research Development –Strategic Planning

OHSU Research Development is currently accepting applications for new volunteer team members for strategic planning. Research development encompasses strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that allow individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and OHSU to attract extramural research funding and use its institutional resources wisely and well. Many research development professionals have advanced degrees, and it is a promising career alternative for STEM Ph.Ds.

OHSU's research development office was established in 2004. This year, a major goal is to develop a strategic plan for research development to take OHSU into its next phase. Strategic planning interns will work closely with the Research Development leadership and staff, institutional partners and OHSU faculty to identify needs, strengths, and opportunities for central research development at the university. This will include meeting and shadowing various activities, considerable data analysis, and strategic plan development.

Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are gathering data, data management, performing institutional data analysis, and plan development. Depending on interest, we may also consider editorial interns who would like to gain experience editing proposals. Interns will gain valuable, translatable skills in data analysis, competitive intelligence analysis, strategic planning, and, depending on interest, proposal development.

Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, who are proficient with Microsoft office(Excel) and other database tools, who are enthusiastic about putting their research training to work in a new context to help OHSU, and who can present well. Applicants must be either currently enrolled in graduate school or be postdoctoral fellows. Preference will be given to trainees with research backgrounds.

Commitment: We are looking for a commitment of five to ten hours per week for 6 months.

Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Research Development Strategic Planning Team to Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D. at .

 

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OBGYN Global Women's Health Program

Volunteer will be working with the Administrative OBGYN team to create a website for our Global Women's Health Program. Volunteers will learn about the technical workflow of website development, learn about global women's health projects within OHSU's Global Women's Health program, and will contribute towards supporting the department's ability to communicate, raise awareness of, and support global health missions and educational opportunities.

Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. Experience with Graphic User Interface software (GUI). Interest in women's health, global health, and/or website development is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: Attend a CommonSpot training after the onboarding process to gain access to our GUI software. At least 2 hours per week until website is up and running.

Interested? Please email Angela Espinosa at espinoan@ohsu.edu for application information.

Vascular Surgery Internships Program (VIP)

This position broadly supports multiple ongoing clinical research projects under the direction of Vascular Surgical Staff. This intern will be assisting with the maintenance of clinical research projects for the IRB approved studies. They will be highly involved in the retrospective studies and periodically assist with the prospective studies. Throughout their experience, the interns will be involved in multiple research projects, data abstraction, study and data management, regulatory support and assist with medical visits and understand the framework, practices and procedures of clinical research in vascular surgery. Interns will have the ability to participate in journal clubs, bi-weekly research meetings, and other related research meetings. If the projects are successfully completed during the internship period, their name will be added to publications. Successful interns will also receive a letter of recommendation for their professional portfolio.

Eligibility: Motivated undergraduate/ graduate and medical students interested in gaining research experience. Applicants must be detail oriented, professional, with strong communication skills and capacity to work independently. Applicants must be over the age of 18

Commitment: 10 hours per week from Monday through Friday preferred. A minimum commitment of 9 months is required.

Interested? Please send a cover letter and resume to

Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL)

developmental brain imagingThe Developmental Brain Imaging Lab(DBIL) is in the Department of Psychiatry and is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Bonnie Nagel. Dr. Nagel has been studying brain development in healthy and at-risk adolescents and young adults (ages 14-25) for several years.

This is a great opportunity students interested in pursuing graduate study to gain experience working directly with participants and fMRI data collection.

The primary duties will include preparing participants to assist with fMRI scans by preparing participants for their MRI and assisting the scan operator throughout the MRI and potentially with some data entry and processing down the line depending on study needs

Eligibility: Must be a junior or senior in college, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in psychology, biological psychology, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of3.0. Must have afternoon, evening, or Saturday availability. Must be professional and organized. Basic knowledge of computer application software (SPSS and Excel) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 8-10hours per week for at least one year.

Interested? Please send your resume or CV and availability to .   

For more information visit the DBIL Lab website

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Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH)NICH photo

Psychologists in the Institute on Development and Disability, including Drs. David Wagner and Michael Harris, are looking for volunteers to help with the evaluation of Novel Interventions in Children's Healthcare (NICH). The NICH program serves youth with a range of complex medical conditions (e.g., type 1 diabetes, end-stage renal disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic pain) and psychosocial vulnerabilities (e.g., insufficient access to resources, mental health issues, involvement with foster care system). We are looking for volunteers to assist with data collection as we evaluate the ability of NICH to meet the triple aim: improving health, improving care, and reducing medical costs.

This is a great education and training opportunity for those interested in research about social vulnerabilities in a pediatric population and in pursuing graduate study in psychology or pediatrics. Volunteers get to attend clinical and lab meetings and gain knowledge and skills related to research methodology, chronic medical conditions, and practices in pediatric psychology.

Primary responsibilities: Collecting and entering health/medical utilization data, assisting with literature reviews and other activities related to publication, potentially assisting parents and adolescents in completing treatment evaluation forms.

Location: OHSU main campus: Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) (although some data collection may occur in the community)

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or postbac. Must be comfortable interacting with individuals with diverse backgrounds in the hospital and community. Previous experience with adolescents and families, as well as access to reliable transportation, a plus, but not required.

Commitment: Requesting a minimum 9-month commitment.

Interested? Please send Celeste Jenisch,  a letter of interest, a resume and/or vita, and the names and contacts of two individuals who can provide professional references.

TTBD Interns provide a valuable service by assisting with technology development and the transition of technology from laboratory to market for the benefit of the public. In return, interns gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions. Past TTBD interns have gone on to pursue careers in technology transfer, patent law, and startup development.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a life science, a physical science, and/or engineering; be pursuing or have received a graduate-level degree in science, medicine, engineering, business, or law; and have an interest in intellectual property, technology transfer, and/or business development as a career goal. Applications for the 2018-2019 year must be received by Aug. 3, 2018.

Commitment Requirements: One year from Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 27, 2019. Interns are expected to volunteer 8 to 10hours per week in the TTBD office with limited time off.

Interested? Please see TTBD Careers & Internships website
(http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/techtransfer/about/jobs-internships.cfm)for
application instructions. Contact Nicole Garrison (
) with questions.

For more information visit the TTBD website ((http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/techtransfer/)

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Clinical Research in Neurological Surgery

The OHSU neurological surgery clinical research team performs phase II-IV clinical trials in neuro-related disease. We have multiple ongoing clinical trials and retrospective studies. Our clinical research team is seeking to recruit highly disciplined and motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Neurological Surgery at OHSU.

Responsibilities: conduct chart reviews of study subjects/patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in secure study databases in support of research coordinators.

Eligibility: The team invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates or pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience before applying to medical school.

Applicants must have a 3.0minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative clinical research environment.

Commitment Requirements: A minimum one-year commitment; two 4-hour data entry shifts every week; monthly research group meetings.

Contact: Neurological Clinical Research @  

 

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Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging (DCAN)

Summary: The Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging(DCAN) lab in the Behavioral Neuroscience department is seeking a volunteer to assist in processing and evaluating data collected in large-scale neuroimaging consortiums. Such large datasets are critical in identifying biomarkers implicated in autism or adolescent substance use. Recent work in our lab suggests that many of the collected MRI scans are unsuitable for newer processing pipelines in the field of neuroimaging and as a result, our lab has developed improvements over these newer pipelines and devised a protocol for quality control of the pipeline outputs.

Primary duties: Processing MRI data and inspecting and evaluating MRI image quality before and after processing. The volunteer will be trained and validated in MRI quality control and data processing, and then apply these skills to evaluating large datasets.

Training Received: The volunteer will develop basic Linux scripting skills and receive training in autism, neuroanatomy, and MRI. The volunteer will also be trained in exemplary standards and practices for performing MRI quality control and processing MRI data. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in MRI will benefit greatly from this training.

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in college or post-bacc coursework in biology, neuroscience, and/or informatics is preferred but not critical. Must be disciplined and organized. Volunteer should be motivated by science. Lab environment is large, so volunteers with team-focused attitudes will thrive. Knowledge of Linux is preferred but not critical.

Commitment requirements: A minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Interested? Please send either a resume or CV and availability to

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On Track OHSU!

Description: A volunteer with the On Track OHSU! program will assist program staff in preparation for On Track events. On Track works with students grades 6 through college to help increase students interest in science and preparation to enter science fields.

Volunteer will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team and see the inside workings of science education outreach!

Main Duties: will include:- Assist in maintaining and organizing outreach materials for weekly use by staff- Assist with social media postings, digital newsletters and other online presence (as needed)- Assist with general office organization (as needed)

Time Commitment: September 4, 2018 - May 24, 2019

Contact: Emily Felsenstein, Program Coordinator,

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