Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Position Category
Job Type
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Salary Range
NIH Scale
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Dr. Tafesse’s lab in the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.


The research interest of the Tafesse lab includes 1) host lipid-pathogen interactions; 2) Identification of host factors essential for pathogenesis of viruses (flaviviruses, HIV and SARS-CoV-2) and M. tuberculosis using lipidomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches; 3) generation of Alpaca-derived single-domain antibodies (also known as nanobodies) against the virulent factors of M. tuberculosis for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. For more information please visit our website www.ohsu.edu/mmi/tafesse


Successful applicants will be generously offered with NIH guideline-based salary and benefits, in addition to being a member of a high-quality research team and a collaborative research environment of OHSU. 


Candidates should have recently completed PhD training or equivalent, and demonstrate evidence of having a strong research interest in the various biological sciences with emphasis in big data analysis as well as statistics. The candidates should also have self-motivation, independent research ability, communication skills, and be able to work in a team. 

Function/Duties of Position

Key Responsibilities of this Position:

  • Designing and performing laboratory experiments.
  • Generally maintaining laboratory and research space, laboratory notebooks and logs, etc.
  • Participating in lab meetings, making contributions and submitting research for publication, submitting applications for research funding, presenting research at seminars, poster sessions and conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field of study
  • Strong research interest in the area of Microbiology/Immunology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry
  • Self-motivation, independent research ability, communication skills, and able to work in a team
  • Ability to work during normal working hours, and some evening and weekend work if necessary on occasion
  • Additional safety training will be required to work with cell lines/ infectious bacteria or viruses/ working within a BSL-2 environment
  • Ability to use dosimeter and adhere to radiological safety ordinances
  • Ability to work with laboratory animals

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Biology, Microbiology or Immunology or other fields of Life sciences
  • Experience in R-programming, Python, SAS, and other statistical packages

Additional Details

Applicants should apply online, please upload a CV, research statement, and the contact information of references.

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.


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