Oregon Health & Science University

Assistant Staff Scientist - Staff Scientist (Pathology)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $58,938 for Assistant Staff Scientist/year, $80,371 for Staff Scientist/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Overview: The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are comprised of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.


Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.


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

CEDAR is seeking an experienced Research Pathologist with strong surgical pathology and communication skills to work with our team of computational biologists, clinicians and machine learning experts who are dedicated to supporting the development of artificial intelligence to automated pathology interpretation. Together by applying computer vision and deep machine learning to pathology images, we will identify early tumors with malignant potential, classify different tumor microenvironment patterns and integrate pathology with clinical and genomic data.


Duties Include:

Project Team Research:

  • Support multiple workflows including pathology review and immunohistochemistry (IHC) review
  • Generation of the training data, expert curation of the slides and semi-supervised training of the algorithm.
  • Advise the computational team with domain knowledge (pathology)
  • Act as a liaison between computational, biological and clinical team members and other researchers.
  • Present findings in internal and external meetings
  • Effectively contribute to and drive research while fostering and supporting teamwork.
  • Provide training and guidance to trainees and staff as is needed.
  • Maintain a high level of scientific expertise through familiarity with current scientific literature and methods.  As needed, develop innovative techniques and experimental systems to meet research program goals.


Results Analysis and Communication: 

  • As is needed, perform complex data analysis on experimental results and interpret the results, communicate the results with the appropriate stakeholders (e.g., the project team, funding review committee) for discussion about the next steps. 
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of all experimental procedures, data collections and analysis performed.

Scientific Writing: 

  • Prepare research findings for presentation at scientific meetings and manuscripts for publication.

Required Qualifications

  • MD, MD/PhD or a degree equivalent to a MD (such as DO, MBBS, MBChB) in a relevant field and 5+ years of relevant post-doctoral work experience
  • Those with MD, MD/PhD or a degree equivalent to a MD (such as DO, MBBS, MBChB) in a relevant field and 3+ years of relevant post-doctoral work experience
  • Expertise and experience in surgical pathology, immunohistochemistry, and digital pathology is required
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a structured and disciplined manner
  • Ability to work with and learn about machine learning, to review the outputs and statistics from the machine learning algorithms, and provide input on the overall improvement of the output
  • must be an excellent collaborator and communicate effectively

Preferred Qualifications

  • A background in translational research, and biomarker development is desired.
  • Experience in annotating prostate samples  
  • Experience in annotating breast and pancreas samples  
  • Experience in digital pathology, computer vision, or artificial intelligence

Additional Details

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

Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU, you will 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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