Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
SM.BME Biomedical Engineering
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

The Gibbs Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, USA is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry to work on development of novel fluorophore technology to improve surgery. Our team is actively working towards the development of novel fluorophore technology to highlight both tissues to be resected (e.g., cancer) and tissues to be preserved (e.g., nerves) to improve surgical outcomes for patients using clinically translated fluorescence guided surgery technologies. We are looking for skilled, motivated synthetic chemists to join our multidisciplinary team to contribute to this highly translational project. Applicants must have a background in synthetic, organic chemistry. Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interests, a CV, and a list of references. The Gibbs laboratory is well support by the NIH and engages in a range of studies to develop novel fluorescence imaging to improve medicine.

Portland is very bike friendly, scenic, and has a vibrant culture around music, coffee, beer, and food. The Pacific Ocean, Cascade mountains, and the Columbia gorge are all less than 90 minutes away.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Synthetic design and development of novel fluorophores to specifically highlight tissues in the body for fluorescence guided surgery.
  • Attendance and presentation at lab meetings, contributions to publications as requested (writing, figures, data), contributions to applications for funding as requested (writing, figures, data.
  • Presentations of successful research at one or more national or international meetings per year, as requested.
  • Supervision of graduate or other students as requested.

Required Qualifications

PhD in related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry
  • Experience with small molecule synthesis, particularly fluorophores

Additional Details

This position is located RLSB on OHSU’s south waterfront campus. Special working conditions or hours are possible by advanced discussion and explicit approval by Dr. Summer Gibbs. Ability to work for up to 8 hours at a time. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures and extensive literature review. The worker is also required to have close attention to detail to facilitate successful synthetic generation of novel small molecules. Additionally, the worker needs to work well in a team setting requiring excellent communication skills. Ability to move about campus in a timely manner in support of the research and mission goals of the department. Ability to communicate complex ideas to collaborators and co-workers.

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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