Oregon Health & Science University

Research Assistant Professor

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
School of Dentistry, Integrative Biosciences & Diagnostic Sciences
Salary Range
Salary 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 appointee shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in further enhancement of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.


This position reports to (supervisor): Hui Wu, Department Manager,  Integrative Biosciences


The duties of this position are in support of the missions, goals and objects of OHSU and the School of Dentistry.


Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Carrying out independent research on the investigation of polymicrobial interactions and biofilm formation, and their role in health and disease.  This will include establishing new models in the study of microbial community, identifying genetic and biochemical factors that control and regulate bacterial behavior within the complex community.
  • The candidate should have experience in following research areas, the use of systems biology approaches such as RNA-sequencing and Chip-sequencing methods, and the development of High-Throughput Screening Assays for the study of virulence factors and enzymes that are crucial for microbial communication and biofilm formation.
  • Experience in the study of microbe-host interactions is desirable. The position will devote at least 90% of their effort to aforementioned project related activities, 5% for their possible mentoring responsibility and 5% for their career development.
  • The position will be expected to develop and carry out independent research projects, design and develop appropriate experimental model systems, perform the full genetic and biochemical characterization of targeted microbial communities, collect and analyze data and prepare and submit manuscripts for publications. In addition, the candidate will be expected to write and submit research grant proposals to external agencies to fund the research program.
  • This position will also be expected instruct and guide research personnel, including graduate and/or undergraduate students, dental students, dental residents and visiting scholars to gain teaching and mentoring experience.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biological Sciences and at least 3 years of post-doctoral experience is required
  • Strong publication record in microbial genetics and biochemistry  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in writing grant application and mentoring

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.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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