Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Salary Range
NIH pay scale range based on post graduate years of experience: $56,484 -$68,604
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Center and Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH), in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University seek a post-doctoral researcher. ORCATECH uses and develops technologies that can assess everyday home-based activities, providing millions of hours of real-world and real-time activity and health data. 

Function/Duties of Position

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in algorithm development of analytics for the large, diverse data sets generated by ORCATECH research projects.  This position is anticipated to last 1.5-3 years to allow adequate time for the researcher to integrate with the team and understand the available data.  Position may be hybrid or remote, with workspace available at OHSU’s main campus. Some travel may be required for conference presentations.


Current research projects a post-doctoral scholar could be involved with include the following:

  • Characterizing Older Mexican (American) Participation in Activity Digitally, Reliably, and Ecologically with the CART Platform (COMPADRE CART) is focused on monitoring real-world physical, cognitive, and social activity patterns in the homes of older Mexican Americans.
  • The Pacific Aging and Cancer Studies (PACS) is focused on learning about changes in patient functioning and quality of life in people undergoing cancer treatment by using unobtrusive, passive measurement technology.
  • Digital Evaluations and Technologies Enabling Clinical Translation for AD Study (DETECT-AD) is to improve early detection and monitoring of Alzheimer’s disease using a home-based system that continuously assesses a person’s activity and health in their home environment using simple devices (such as watches, electronic pill boxes, and bed mats), as well as blood tests, and brain scans.
  • Ecologically Valid, Ambient, Longitudinal, and Unbiased Assessment of Treatment Efficacy in Parkinson’s Disease (EVALUATE-PD) is an industry funded trial looking at the use of the ORCATECH home-based system, cognitive testing, and bloodwork to evaluate early-stage Parkinson’s patients and their care partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in physics, mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering, quantitative psychology or a related field
  • Programming skills in languages such as MATLAB, Python, and Go are required
  • Experience with data management tools and techniques
  • Experience with managing and modeling multivariate longitudinal data

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in digital signal processing, machine learning, data visualization, spectral analysis, and hardware and sensor interfaces is desired
  • Fluency with at least one statistical programming language (i.e., R, SAS, or Stata)

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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