Wonderful place to work, very low pay
Senior Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – May 25, 2016
I worked in the Knight Cancer Institute for two years. The people I worked with (lab techs, nurse practitioners, MDs, admin) were passionate about what they did, and it showed. It was an amazing and exciting environment to be in. I was also able to learn many new things, and my supervisor was very interested in my learning and interests.
My schedule was flexible and the paid vacation time I was able to earn would be very hard to beat. Benefits were good.
Pay was not. As a single person only supporting myself, I did fine. But barely. I quickly learned that OHSU was notorious for paying very little (depending on the position you're in). I talked to others with my same job title and they had seen no significant pay increase in the time they worked there (2-5 years). I left OHSU for a different research job and doubled my salary. However, if OHSU could pay me what my current job does, I would come back in a heartbeat.
Academic environment -lots of opportunity to learn, independence, great coworkers
low pay, little room for advancement, must take public transportation