Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
SM. Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Salary Range
NIH Salary Scale
Monday - Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours to meet project deadlines
Variable, 8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Dr. Tafesse’s lab in the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.

The research interest of the Tafesse lab includes 1) host lipid-pathogen interactions; 2) Identification of host factors essential for pathogenesis of viruses (flaviviruses, HIV and SARS-CoV-2) and M. tuberculosis using chemical probes; 3) generation of Alpaca-derived single-domain antibodies (also known as nanobodies) against the virulent factors of M. tuberculosis for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. For more information please visit our website www.ohsu.edu/mmi/tafesse

Candidates should have recently completed PhD training or equivalent, and demonstrate evidence of having a strong research interest in the various biological sciences with emphasis in chemistry/biochemistry, data analysis using R-studio as well as different programing script. The candidates should also have self-motivation, independent research ability, communication skills, and be able to work in a team.

Successful applicants will be generously offered with NIH guideline-based salary and benefits, in addition to being a member of a high-quality research team and a collaborative research environment of OHSU.

Applicants should email his/her CV, research statement, and the contact information of references to: tafesse@ohsu.edu

Function/Duties of Position

  • Designing and performing laboratory experiments
  • Generally maintaining laboratory and research space, laboratory notebooks and logs, etc.
  • Participating in lab meetings, making contributions and submitting research for publication, submitting applications for research funding, presenting research at seminars, poster sessions and conferences.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field of study

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology or Immunology or other fields of Life sciences.
  • Experience in R-programming, Python, SAS, and other statistical packages.

Additional Details

Personnel will need to work at lab benches, desks and/or microscopes for up to 4 hours at a time. Ability to perform repetitive lab manipulations, move lab equipment under 25 lbs with accommodation, perform image analysis operation and help others with equipment use. Personal protective equipment must be worn as required. (Gloves, mask/respirator, eyewear, lab coat, dosimeter, etc). Additional safety training will be required to work with cell lines/ infectious bacteria or viruses/ working within a BSL-2 environment. Use of dosimeter and adherence to radiological safety ordinances is required. Working with laboratory animals is required.

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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