Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant Professor (Chemical Biology)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Division of Oncological Sciences - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance research in cancer prevention and control in populations with or at risk of cancer and across the translational continuum.


Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute is a pioneer in personalized cancer medicine and an international leader in research and cancer treatment.  The Knight envisions a world freed from the burden of cancer by working together to make bold advances in understanding cancer biology, detection, treatment, and survival. The Knight includes the Division of Oncological Science (DOS) that provides an academic home for cross-disciplinary cancer researchers that leverages team science and collaboration (https://www.ohsu.edu/oncological-sciences). DOS consists of four sections representing research areas and scientific disciplines that support innovation and translation of discovery to impact cancer patients and the broader population we serve.


The division will be comprised of non-clinical faculty, trainees and staff dedicated to basic, translational and population-based research that supports the strategic vision of the Knight Cancer Institute. The Division head has the authority to offer faculty appointments, contingent on the approval of the Dean of the School of Medicine (SoM). The faculty with primary appointments in the SoM Knight DOS would be non-clinical researchers while Departments or Divisions within the School of Medicine that have the ability to grant clinical priviliges will serve as the primary home for clinical researchers. Faculty whose primary appointments are outside of the division may have secondary appointments within the DOS.


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

The Center for Experimental Therapeutics at the Knight invites applications for a research faculty position in the broadly-defined area of Cancer Biology at the Research Assistant Professor level. The position will remain open until filled. The center focuses on drug discovery and development from preclinical phases to clinical and translational research. The center unites cutting-edge technologies with a multidisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists to advance drug discovery and development. Expertise is required in organic/synthetic/medicinal chemistry, chemical biology and the study of complex molecules of importance in biology and human medicine.


Outstanding candidates with research interests focusing on the development and/or use of chemical tools and approaches to address fundamental questions in biology and medicine are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and researchers from diverse backgrounds. Primary selection criteria will focus on the potential for establishing an innovative and externally-funded independent research program. Applicants are encouraged who are working in all areas of chemical biology, particularly in applications of synthetic chemistry and study of complex molecules of importance in biology and human medicine. New faculty will join a multidisciplinary, and collaborative research environment to complement strengths in chemical biology, cancer biology, biochemistry, immunology, organic/medicinal chemistry and drug discovery & development within the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and broadly across the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.


The candidate will supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and contribute to the research programs. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out a vigorous program of original research at a world-class level. The ideal candidate is expected to build a strong externally funded research program aimed at generating new insights into compelling problems in Chemical Biology.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D degree in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and postdoctoral experience in cancer survivorship, a commitment to excellence in research, and a track record of scholarly research including peer¿reviewed publications and research funding. Individuals with a strong interest in team science are encouraged to apply.

Additional Details

Apply online. Please upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV, a summary of prior research, and a future research plan.

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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