Oregon Health & Science University

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
School of Dentistry, Research- Dr. Momeni's Lab
Salary Range
Salary for this position aligns with the NIH Scale, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The School of Dentistry shares the mission of the Oregon Health & Science University to provide educational programs, basic and clinical research, and high quality care and community programs. We strive to foster an environment of mutual respect where the free exchange of ideas can flourish. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.


Read more about the School of Dentistry: OHSU School of Dentistry 

Function/Duties of Position

The successful candidate will work independently to investigate the molecular mechanisms that support health associated polymicrobial communities. He/she will be responsible for most of the planning, implementation, and data interpretation associated with his/her research. Thus, the candidate will be expected to work independently with attention to detail and strong record-keeping. The goal is to understand how the oral flora interacts and lead to early childhood caries disease development. This includes intra, inter microbial and potentially host interactions. Typical laboratory techniques often require expertise with gene expression analysis, targeted mutagenesis, microscopy, bacterial community analysis, and multiple `omics analysis.


Demonstrable experience with streptococcoal genetics and rodent animal models as well as these techniques is preferred. As a postdoctoral scholar, the candidate may also be involved with the training and supervision of students and junior staff as well as play an integral role in the management and supply ordering for the laboratory. Assistance with the development and preparation of grants/manuscripts will also be expected. 

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in (genetics, biochemistry/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or another relevant field)
  • Demonstrable experience with some or all of the following: bacterial genetics, protein chemistry, proteomics, DNA/ RNA purification/analysis, gene expression/transcriptomics, bacterial community analysis, cell culture
  • Grant writing or Manuscript preparation experience
  • Planning, implementation, and data interpretation experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organiztional and time management skills that maintain timeliness of work and accurate prioritization
  • Attention to detail and strong record keeping experience/skills
  • Able to conduct research in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced research environment, occasionally with tight deadlines
  • Able to work independently and exhibit self-motivation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree and/or postdoctoral research related to bacteriology
  • Experience/knowledge of the microbiome, especially the oral flora
  • Experience with oral bacterial genetics Experience with animal models

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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