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Oregon Health & Science University Postdoctoral Scholar in Portland, Oregon

Some of the most exciting biomedical breakthroughs occur at the intersection of traditional research disciplines. As a leading academic health center on the West Coast, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has a strong commitment to fostering new, innovative approaches to biomedical discovery. The Dean's Research Scholar Program (DRSP) was developed to build on this commitment by recruiting top interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers to OHSU to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research. DRSP is a distinctive opportunity to start a research career pursuing a state-of-the-art project at the cross-section of disciplines.

OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon – a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest. Situated on the Willamette River, Portland is within easy access to ocean beaches, mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon's award-winning wineries. For more information on Portland and the surrounding area visit the Prospective Postdocs section of this website.


The following OHSU departments and institutes participate in this program:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology

  • Molecular and Medical Genetics

  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

  • Physiology and Pharmacology

  • The Vollum Institute


  • Applicants must have an awarded doctorate degree in a relevant discipline by the position’s start date, if hired. The start date can be flexible within one year from offer.

  • Applicants must identify two (2) or more supervising investigators and develop an interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1,000 words) prior to applying.

  • Applicants must be highly motivated to accelerate their own research ambitions in pursuing new areas of interdisciplinary research.

  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

As a postdoctoral researcher through the Dean’s Research Scholar Program, the incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing a research project to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research at OHSU. Specific duties will depend on the research project and disciplinary focus, and will include:

  • Designing and performing experiments

  • Data analysis and record keeping

  • Reporting, presenting and publishing results

  • Growing personal and professional expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature and participating in professional development opportunities

  • Provide guidance and training to others in the lab and/or project as needed

These responsibilities are not all-inclusive and additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed.

Salary for this position aligns with the NIH Scale.

  • PhD in discipline appropriate for the proposed research project

  • Extensive lab experience

  • Disciplinary experience indicating strengths in proposed research disciplines

  • Demonstrated ability to excel in interdisciplinary research

  • Strong subject matter expertise

  • Proven experimental design success and laboratory skills

  • Statistical analysis skills

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new and innovative procedures quickly

  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and time management

  • Ability to organize and handle a large quantity of samples and data

  • Strong computer skills

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to organize and document research data

  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team

  • Work hours and days may vary depending on needs of the research, weekend and evening hours may be required

  • Some extended travel (including international travel) may be required

  • Ability to work in an open laboratory environment with chemicals, biological samples, radioactivity, and/or similar materials possibly in use in the general vicinity

  • Relevant publications

  • Notable awards and/or independent funding

Apply here online. To apply, submit the following PDF documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Cover letter summarizing your previous research accomplishments, what your career objectives are, and how participating in this program would allow you to reach those objectives.

  • Curriculum Vitae, including current and pending publications, awards, and current and/or past independent funding.

  • Interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1,000 words), identifying proposed supervising investigators.

  • A letter of endorsement from each proposed supervising investigator.

  • Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your scientific work. Reference letters should be submitted directly to Amy Johnson at

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

Recruitment ID: 2019-1730

Street: Marquam Hill

Job Type: Postdoctoral

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Hours: 8am - 5pm, some evenings

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday, some weekends

HR Mission: School of Medicine