Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Scientist (Cancer Biology)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

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Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires diversity of perspectives, novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research.  Our aims are to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team—We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.

Function/Duties of Position

As a Senior Scientist in the area of the biology of early cancer you will work to develop major scientific project initiatives in the laboratory and aid in overseeing the implementation and execution of identified research projects. The CEDAR research programs continue to gain mechanistic understanding and further technology development for early cancer detection and treatment. Our goals are to rapidly develop and translate novel assays/techniques/tests/treatments into the clinic via clinical trials and/or new companies.


Example areas in the biology of early cancer of interest to CEDAR include but are not limited to:

  •  Organoid model systems to investigate the genesis of early cancers in specific tissues
  •  Impact of the tumor ecosystem and microenvironment on benign to lethal tumor transitions
  •  Characterization of intrinsic properties of early cancer cells through single cell omics platforms
  •  Changing immune response in early transitions to lethal cancers
  • “Humanized” murine models of early cancer genesis and progression


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leading and executing collaborative research projects focusing on assay or technology development that advances cancer early detection research.
  • Supervising and providing guidance and mentorship to trainees and other researchers at various levels within CEDAR.
  • Designing and directing or executing experiments; and establishing robust laboratory procedures and systems.
  • Contribute to and build CEDAR’s culture of team science, including demonstrating CEDAR’s guiding principles

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field and >10 years of relevant post-doctoral work experience 
  • Exceptional expertise in their research field
  • Outstanding publication record, patent record, or translational experience.
  • Extensive mentoring of junior staff
  • Ability to thrive within a matrixed environment and to hold both self and team members accountable for progress towards goals
  • Considered by team members as an essential part of team
  • Leadership in serving as a boundary spanner, working to connect concepts across teams, and integrating multiple perspectives into a project
  • Models for others thoughtful risk taking, managing conflict, seeking help when needed, fostering inclusion, share lessons learned, and to pivot projects when new information makes a new path advisable

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 4 years of supervisory and project management experience
  • Experience in cancer research.
  • Expertise in early cancer detection research  

Additional Details

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Application Requirements:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Diversity Statement. The statement should describe your commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion you have made in your career and/or will make toward greater diversity and antiracism through your work at CEDAR. For more information see here. Length of the statement is 2 paragraphs and up to 1 page.


Selected candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three referees, who will be asked to provide letters of recommendation.



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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