Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
School of Dentistry, Research
Salary Range
Salary for this position aligns with the NIH Scale, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.

Read more about the School of Dentistry: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-dentistry

Function/Duties of Position

The successful candidate will work independently to molecular mechanisms used by different oral microbes to communicate with each other and to create robust biofilms within the oral cavity and other body sites. The study involves the understanding of how oral commensal bacteria can interact with potential pathogens to modulate their virulence properties.  He/she will be responsible for most of the planning, implementation, and data interpretation associated with his/her research. Thus, the candidate will be expected to work independently with attention to detail and strong record-keeping. The goal is to understand what signals the commensal sends to keep the pathogens in check and what factors may upset pathogens to enhance their virulence.  Typical techniques often involved include real-time PCR, western blot, protein expression/purification, coimmunoprecipitation, protein-protein/RNA-RNA interaction assays, gene expression analysis, targeted mutagenesis, and microscopy.

Demonstrable experience with these techniques is preferred. As a postdoctoral scholar, the candidate may also be involved with the training and supervision of students and junior staff as well as play an integral role in the management and supply ordering for the laboratory. Assistance with the development and preparation of grants/manuscripts will also be expected.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in (genetics, biochemistry/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or another relevant field)

  • Doctoral degree and/or postdoctoral research related to bacteriology

  • Demonstrable experience with some or all of the following: bacterial genetics, protein chemistry, proteomics, coimmunoprecipitation, EMSA, RNA purification/analysis, gene expression/transcriptomics

  • Grant and/or manuscript preparation experience

  • Planning, implementation, and data interpretation experience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Organizational and time management skills that maintain timeliness of work and accurate prioritization

  • Ability to train and supervise students and junior staff

  • Attention to detail and strong record keeping experience/skills

  • Experience/knowledge of the microbiome, especially the oral flora

  • Experience with oral bacterial and/or streptococcal genetics

  • Able to conduct research in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced research environment, occasionally with tight deadlines

  • Able to work independently and exhibit self-motivation

  • Able to stand at a lab bench, sit at a microscope, perform laboratory manipulations, move and carry light lab equipment, perform image analysis experiments, operate computers and related software, communicate easily with co-workers and support staff, assist and instruct other lab members with scientific methods

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree and/or postdoctoral research related to bacteriology

  • Experience/knowledge of the microbiome, especially the oral flora

  • Experience with oral bacterial and/or streptococcal genetics

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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