Oregon Health & Science University

Post Doctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Position Category
Job Type
Salary Range
Per the NIH pay scale
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

About OHSU
Link www.ohsu.edu
OHSU's singular focus on improving health starts with Oregonians and has global impact. We are the only academic health center in Oregon, but we're also nationally distinct as a university dedicated solely to advancing health sciences. This allows us to concentrate resources on research to prevent and cure disease, on education that prepares physicians, dentists, nurses and other health professionals to succeed in an evolving health care environment, and on patient care that incorporates the latest knowledge and discoveries. We have 16,000 employees and secure competitive research funding of more than $400 million a year. As a public organization, we provide community outreach and services for Oregon's most vulnerable populations. OHSU’s stated mission to improve the health and quality of life for all Oregonians through excellence, innovation and leadership in health care, education and research.


About Portland and Oregon
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Bisected by the Willamette River, Portland is a vibrant city nestled among green woods and waterways. Only 90 minutes from the spectacular Oregon coast or towering Mount Hood, Portland offers the rare accessibility of snow-to-surf. Portland embraces cyclists, hikers, brewpubs, dogs, climbers, artisan coffee shops, book readers, foodies, professional soccer and basketball fans, award-winning wineries, concertgoers and paddle boarders. It’s no wonder Portland constantly ranks as one of America’s favorite lifestyle cities.

Function/Duties of Position

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join a laboratory that is studying the central nervous system mechanisms of involuntary weight loss and wasting (cachexia) during the development of cancer.  The project involves the use of in vitro and murine models to understand the impact of peripheral cancers on autonomic nervous system function in the periphery. This project also has an associated clinical trial that will provide samples and data to confirm the basic hypotheses generated in the preclinical work. This NIH-funded study will define mechanisms of autonomic nervous system plasticity in the setting of chronic stress and inflammation, and will test novel therapeutics to address this debilitating condition.  


Daily responsibilities include designing and conducting experiments, data acquisition and analysis, record-keeping and attending weekly lab meetings to present research findings. The postdoctoral fellow will also be required to produce scholarly manuscripts detailing results of ongoing studies.

Required Qualifications

  • MD and/or PhD 
  • Strong background in neuroscience, metabolism, or immunology.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills are required to handle complex data sets.
  • Oversee junior research and integrate with other laboratories in this multi-collaborator project.
  • Track record of scholarly output including primary research manuscripts.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Solid training in neuroscience, especially neurobiology of sickness responses or neuroinflammation at the doctoral level.
  • Solid experience with neuroanatomical approaches (histopathology, computer-assisted image analysis using programs such as Image J,  Stereoinvestigator, Neurolucida; Matlab) and standard techniques in immunohistochemistry, molecular and cellular neurobiology (including large RNAseq datasets). 
  • Familiarity with systemic inflammation (and/or neuroinflammation)
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, be enthusiastic about their work, and be highly motivated to succeed in a multi-disciplinary/multi-collaborator setting that provides a wealth of opportunities in one of the major universities for neuroscience research in the U.S.
  • Experience with human research is desired but not required. 


Additional Details

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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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