Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.


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

Function/Duties of Position

A Postdoctoral position in Cell, Cancer or Molecular Biology is available at the Knight Cancer Institute's Center for Experimental Therapeutics (CET). Interested candidates are expected to have recently obtained their PhD and have a strong track record of publications in Cell, Cancer or Molecular biology. Job duties include performing research to understand the role of newly identified drivers in the pathogenesis of cancer so as to identify novel therapeutic targets. The translational research projects within CET leverage multi-disciplinary approach in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, molecular modeling, in vitro and patient-derived models to probe complex biological processes and to pursue new therapeutic opportunities for various diseases. As a member of multi-disciplinary team, the postdoctoral candidate will receive training in various aspects of drug discovery & development for his/her career development.


Duties Include:

  • Perform hands-on experiments (in vitro and in vivo) and analyze/interpret data on assigned projects
  • Critically evaluate relevant scientific advances and integrate this knowledge into research programs. Participate in project planning and execution
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present work at scientific conferences. Effectively write and/or communicate research and regulatory materials.  Attend and present at the project and group meetings and national conferences

Required Qualifications

  • PhD, MD/ PhD, in cellular and molecular biology, systems biology, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years as a graduate student
  • Must have previous first author publications
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time
  • Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills:  both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Must be proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications e.g. MS Excel,Word and PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Specialty: Cell, Cancer or Molecular biology
  • A strong background in cancer biology and performing hands on experience in cell and molecular biology
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.


Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU after Oct. 18, you will need to be fully vaccinated (or obtain an approved exception) prior to starting work, and need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.

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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.


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