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Oregon Health & Science University Postdoctoral Scholar in Portland, Oregon

The main research focuses of the Nakai lab are: (1) AAV vector biology - capsid assembly, genome packaging, and virus-host interactions in rodents and non-human primates; (2) AAV antigen-antibody interactions; (3) developing novel vectors by engineering of AAV capsids; and (4) preclinical studies of gene therapy for the treatment of various human diseases. The lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to solving these problems, utilizing both wet and dry lab techniques. The lab is a part of the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) supported by the NIH NIDDK.

The Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Scholar to study adeno-associated virus (AAV) and its application for human gene therapy in the lab led by Professor Hiroyuki Nakai, M.D., Ph.D. Specifically, the lab is looking for a post-doctoral researcher who can lead productively a newly funded NIH U01 project where we seek to develop clinically relevant novel AAV vectors and methods for in vivo regeneration of insulin-secreting beta cells in rhesus macaques and profoundly understand the mechanisms behind the technologies.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a multidisciplinary collaborative team and participate in global collaboration in the HIRN community, with an ultimate goal to develop AAV gene therapy for type I diabetes. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also contribute to the training of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students, as well as research staff.

Compensation for this position aligns with the NIH Scale.

  • PhD

  • Substantial knowledge and skills in molecular biology

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks at one time

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

  • PhD in a relevant field, MD, DVM or MD/PhD

  • Strong enthusiasm and dedication for AAV and gene therapy research

  • Willingness to work on non-human primate studies

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter and Resume or CV.

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: 2020-5520

Street: Marquam Hill

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm, some evening hours

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday, some weekends

HR Mission: School of Medicine

Drug Testable: No