Oregon Health & Science University

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute
Salary Range
Follows the NIH Post-Doctoral Pay Scale
Schedule Varies
Hours Vary
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to serious viral disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Our programs are intended to span the continuum between basic and clinical science, in which discoveries are rapidly advanced from the level of molecular and cellular biology through animal models and ultimately into clinical testing. The development of this unique program in immunology and virology provides an important training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at OHSU. This is why an important part of our mission is the training of young scientists in newer academic disciplines emerging at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.

Function/Duties of Position

Dr. Burwitz’s lab focuses on Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection of non-human primates. This novel model is currently being refined for the testing of therapeutic and curative approaches towards HBV. This post-doctoral scholar will assist Dr. Burwitz with project management, ranging from conception of appropriate experiments to management of large scale non-human primate studies. In addition, they will help Dr. Burwitz identify key advancements in the HBV field and will work independently to ensure additional funding to the group. They will also manage a small group of technicians and/or graduate students, which they will utilize to maximize scientific output from the group.

Required Qualifications

Education: PhD or equivalent from an accredited college/university. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency


Experience: 0-3 years


Job Related Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject disciplines
  • Demonstrate research experience.
  • Demonstrate a capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.
  • Ability to work in a team, and relate to staff from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Willingness to work with pathogens potentially dangerous to humans
  • Willingness to work in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 facilities
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability and willingness to work independently
  • Ability to carry and lift 35 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for three continuous hours a day
  • Ability to work on computer for five continuous hours a day
  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

Education: Background in Hepatitis B virology and/or immunolog


Experience: 1-3 years of experience


Job Related Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  •  Hepatocyte culturing (primary and cell line)
  • Quantitative PCR
  •  Molecular biology (cloning of vectors)
  • Flow cytometry
  •  Project management

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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