Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Vollum Institute
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience level per NIH stipend scale.
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm flexible with some evenings/weekends as experiments demand.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Vollum Institute is a privately endowed research institute at Oregon Health & Science University dedicated to basic research that will lead to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Vollum scientists have broad-ranging interests that coalesce around molecular neurobiology and cellular physiology. Their work has transformed the field of neuroscience and, in particular, have provided important advances in the study of synaptic transmission, neuronal development, neurotransmitter transporters, ion channels and the neurobiology of disease.


This position in the Baconguis lab is for a full-time postdoctoral fellow (PhD in neuroscience, biophysics, or biochemistry). The responsibilities are to investigate the molecular mechanisms of ion channels using single-particle analysis, electrophysiology, and other biochemistry and biophysical techniques. The candidate will be involved in the planning, executing, and analyzing experimental results for independent research project(s).

Function/Duties of Position

Planning, executing, and analyzing experiments for structure-function independent research project(s) using biochemical, biophysical approaches, and computational.

Manuscript preparation for individual projects and assisting other lab members with manuscripts as needed.


Assisting the PI and other lab members with grant application (data acquisition, writing assistance, editing) as needed.  Preparing fellowship applications.

Traveling to national and international meetings to present on findings.

Helping to mentor and train junior members in the laboratory.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in relevant field of study (Neuroscience, Biophysics, and/or Biochemistry).
  • Direct experience with protein expression and purification.
  • Knowledge and experience with molecular and cellular techniques, especially in molecular biology and cell culture-related activities.
  • Experience with manuscript preparation and writing skills for individual projects and statistical analysis of data are required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct experience in structural biology techniques, i.e. cryo-EM or X-ray crystallography.
  • Well versed in computation-related activities relevant for data processing (cryo-EM analysis, for example).

Additional Details

Need to be able to lift boxes and other small items as needed – approx.. 20lbs.

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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