Oregon Health & Science University

Post Doctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
SM. Behavioral Neuroscience
Salary Range
NIH Salary Scale
Monday-Friday, some weekend
variable, 8am - 5pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable
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Department Overview

This position supports ongoing research in the laboratory of Dr. Marina Guizzetti. The Post-Doc hired in this position will be involved in research projects aimed at investigating novel mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron interactions in the developing and in the adult brain with an emphasis on how alcohol alters these mechanisms leading to altered brain development, function, and behavior. Astrocytes and their roles in brain development and function are timely research areas of high interest to the neuroscience research field.  


The individual hired in this position will conduct experiments described in research projects funded by NIH and VA and well and will have the opportunity to develop their own independent research directions for their research career. After an initial period of training, the individual will be expected to work independently, to interact with other members of the lab, to discuss research projects at lab meetings, to interpret test results, prepare data summaries, conduct non-standardized analytical methods, perform data analysis according to standards, and write manuscripts and submit them for consideration to scientific journals.


Weekend duties may happen as dictated by experimental protocols. Standardized procedures include working with small animals, microdissection, behavioral studies, tissue culture, and biochemical and molecular assays. In this position applicants will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge techniques (such as translating ribosomal affinity purification; advanced statistical data analyses; RNAseq data analyses and interpretation; RNA silencing; coding in “R”).


We are committed to the professional development of members of our lab.  Our lab members are involved in state-of-the-art projects leading to presentations at national conferences and publications. The PI of the lab is an experienced researcher with demonstrated continuous success in obtaining extramural fundings to support research in her lab and is committed to provide training in writing papers and grants to members of the lab who are interested in gaining this expertise. The PI is alco committed to help senior post-docs to identify and pursue research career opportunities at universities and within the VA system.  OHSU is a leading institution in research highly ranked nation-wide; it offers ample opportunities for collaborations, state-of-the art facilities and core centers, and a competitive benefit package.

Function/Duties of Position

A Post Doctoral Research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Marina Guizzetti, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.


The main research interest of Dr. Guizzetti’s laboratory is the identification of novel mechanisms of astrocyte-neuron interactions involved in neuronal plasticity in the developing and adult brain. We are particularly interested in the effects of alcohol exposure on astrocyte-specific gene expression and gene translation and how these changes alter normal brain development, potentially through alterations of the brain extracellular matrix (ECM). Key responsibilities include:


  • Bench lab work relevant to assigned projects
  • Preparation of manuscripts
  • Assisting with preparation of funding proposals

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field
  • Strong scientific and technical background in molecular and cellular biology
  • Proficiency in the preparation of scientific manuscripts
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in molecular biology, RNA analysis, and animal handling including behavioral analysis
  • Experience with RNA-Seq data analysis and interpretation
  • Experience with fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience with FACS
  • Strong background in neuroscience/neurobiology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Additional Details

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


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