Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Salary Range
Based on years of relevant experience (minimum starting salary $56,484)
Monday - Friday with occasional evening, night & weekend shifts
Variable, but typicall 8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences is an independent research institute within OHSU that is dedicated to health and safety in the workplace. We perform biomedical, clinical, and applied occupational research aimed at promoting health and reducing disease and disability among workers across the nation, particularly in Oregon. The Institute receives its base funding from the Oregon Workers¿ Compensation Fund and leverages this base funding to secure additional funding via federal government grants.


The Clinical Physiology and Chronobiology Program is located within the Institute and specializes in clinical research on the effects of physical activity, sleep, and circadian rhythms on physiology and pathophysiology in humans. The successful candidate will serve as a project leader on research projects funded by NIH R01 and R35 grants and will receive mentoring from Drs. Thosar and Shea (primary investigators) as part of the CPCP.


The postdoctoral scholar will be involved in multiple research projects with human volunteers, including examining the biological basis of physiological and pathophysiological changes across the day and night. Such research includes blood-pressure control, and the mechanisms of increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke, in the morning. There will also be opportunity to pilot clinical trials in circadian medicine and interventions to protect vascular function under conditions of stress.


Primary duties will include making physiological measurements in research volunteers, managing data, developing scientific ideas, writing grant applications and manuscripts, and supervising research staff. The successful candidate will be proficient in project management, independent monitoring of study operations, and management of human-subjects IRB protocols and modifications. Shift work and weekend work (including night-time data collection) is expected. Additional duties may include overseeing and managing research equipment, materials, and logistics (with the assistance of research staff). Experience with making measurements in human physiology, data analysis, and overseeing research studies is required. Experience in integrative physiology, e.g., exercise, nutrition, circadian, or sleep studies; measurement of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic variables; accelerometry; and microneurography are desirable.


To apply, please upload a letter of introduction personalized to this position, résumé/CV, contact information for three academic/professional references, and a published paper.

Function/Duties of Position

  • Provides research coordination and project management for multi-year research projects and assists in planning design, procedures, and performing research studies on research volunteers.
  • Prepares written reports, documents, grant applications, correspondence, and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Trains, mentors, and supervises research assistants, students, and junior staff. 

Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. or MD with major training in a relevant field


  • Experience in human physiology and clinical research
  • Experience with making measurements in human physiology, data analysis, and overseeing research studies

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small group setting
  • Ability to interact in a positive and productive manner with a diverse lab community

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience and expertise in cardiometabolic and pulmonary physiology
  • Experience in measurement of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic variables
  • Experience with advanced statistics
  • Experience managing or coordinating a multi-year research project
  • Topical knowledge or expertise in sleep and circadian rhythms

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Highly motivated and responsible
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to be self-motivated, to prioritize effectively, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work overnight hours and occasional weekends for data collection

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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