Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Position Category
Job Type
Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology
Salary Range
NIH Salary Scale
variable, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday, some weekend
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Become a member of a vibrant research team under the direct supervision of Principal Investigator Gordon Mills, MD, PhD in the OHSU Division of Oncological Sciences. Participate in an ongoing broad research program concerning the use of combination therapies to overcome adaptive resistance across multiple cancers. The project will use multiple approaches to investigate adaptive resistance with an emphasis on coordinate analysis of DNA, RNA and protein at the single cell level.


Areas of active development in Mills Lab include: selecting combinations of DNA damage repair drugs, targeting homologous repair deficiencies and/or replication stress, and identifying patterns of tumor adaptive resistance in transcriptomics and proteomics data types. Further, this position will provide opportunities to collaborate in cutting-edge clinical trials and access to patient biopsy data across ‘omics types.

Function/Duties of Position

The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to design and lead research projects for prioritizing therapies, selecting combination therapies, and evaluating resistance pathways in breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. Duties include:

  • Research project(s) in adaptive response to therapy in cancer.
  • Generally maintaining reproducible notebooks as needed for research projects. Includes ongoing methods of documentation, i.e. maintaining a dry lab notebook or GitHub code repositories.
  • Participating in lab meetings, making contributions and submitting research for publication, submitting applications for research funding, presenting research at seminars, poster sessions and conferences.

Salary for this position aligns with the NIH Scale.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field of study
  • Experience in one or more programming languages
  • Comfort with one or more of: whole exome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics, or single-cell data types
  • The ideal candidate should demonstrate evidence of having a strong research interest in the area of cancer biology, be self-motivated, have independent research abilities, clear communication skills, and be able to work in a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applied cancer biology projects OR drug discovery projects
  • Experience with R/ Python
  • Knowledge of applied statistics
  • Knowledge of network/pathway analysis methods

Additional Details

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

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 aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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