Employment Opportunities

This section lists faculty, postdoctoral, research, and administrative positions available in the Vollum Institute at OHSU.

Employment at the Vollum often allows sufficient time for career-enhancing activities, such as attendance at seminars and participation in lab meetings. Many technicians go on to graduate training at OHSU and other top programs. Long term employment opportunities including some with supervisory responsibilities are also available in some laboratories.

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Faculty | Postdoctoral | Research Staff | Administrative Staff



The Vollum Institute (www.ohsu.edu/vollum) junior faculty search for 2013–14 has closed. For more information, contact:

Larry Trussell, Ph.D.
Vollum Institute, L-335A
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098



For information about postdoctoral positions not listed here, please contact individual faculty members for the particular lab(s) in which you are interested.

Fred Robinson Lab – Postdoctoral Fellow Position:

Myelin Biology

In vitro myelination in dorsal root ganglia explant cultures from mice. Myelin (green) and axons (red) were detected using immunofluorescence.A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Fred Robinson in the Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research. The primary goal for this position is to enhance our understanding of phosphoinositide signaling and endosomal trafficking in myelinating Schwann cells, as the dysregulation of these processes causes hereditary peripheral neuropathy. Using novel genetic mouse models of demyelinating neuropathy, as well as an in vitro myelination assay, the successful candidate will pursue a cell biological investigation of how dysregulation of phosphoinositides leads to abnormal myelination. Toward this end, the successful candidate will employ biochemistry, molecular biology and advanced light microscopy. Individuals with expertise in cell biology, signaling and neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should email their CV to .


Kevin Wright Lab – Postdoctoral Fellow Position:

A Postdoctoral Fellow position for highly motivated individuals is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Wright, located in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). OHSU is a highly collaborative environment and fellows will have the opportunity to interact with a large and vibrant neuroscience community.

Our lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to identify the molecular networks that govern the development of functional neural circuits. Specifically, we are utilizing cutting edge forward and reverse genetic approaches in mice in conjunction with molecular, cell biological and biochemical techniques to identify the specific molecules that govern neuronal migration, neurite outgrowth and synaptogenesis during neurodevelopment.

Ongoing projects in the lab include:

  1. Defining the role of the transmembrane protein dystroglycan in axon guidance, dendritic arborization and synaptogenesis
  2. Identification of the molecular mechanisms underlying subtype-specific axonal branching patterns in developing dorsal root ganglia sensory neurons
  3. Mapping and characterizing the neurodevelopmental phenotypes of several novel mouse mutants isolated from a forward genetic mutagenesis screen

Position requirements include:

  • A PhD degree in neuroscience, cell/molecular biology, genetics or related field
  • A strong interest in developmental neuroscience
  • Expertise in generating mouse knockouts, microscopy or primary neuronal culture is desirable
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and learn new techniques quickly
  • Candidates must be well organized, self-motivated and dependable
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to plan, document, analyze and report research data

Salary starting at $39,264.

For more information about our work, please visit our lab webpage.

Interested candidates should email their CV and contact information for three references to: .


Soo Lee Lab – Postdoctoral Fellow Positions:

Gene Networks in CNS Development

Unraveling the processes that generate the numerous neuronal subtypes and establish their appropriate connections to form a functional CNS is one of the main challenges in neuroscience today. Particularly, decoding the gene regulatory network responsible for neuronal subtype specification is a fundamental step toward understanding the CNS development and advancing methods to generate specific neurons in regenerative medicine.

Our goal is to develop a comprehensive map of the complex gene regulatory networks that direct cell-fate specification and assembly of neuro-circuits. Our major model systems include the spinal cord, which consists of distinct classes of neurons to assemble motor and sensory circuits.

To achieve our goals, we dissect multiple layers of gene regulatory steps that render neuronal cell-fate specification, taking the following steps; to define transcription complexes specifying each neuronal population, to identify their downstream effector genes conferring unique cell-identity, to understand epigenetic strategy orchestrating timely changes on gene transcription, to uncover the molecular mechanism by which the extracellular cues modulate neuronal gene expression, and to generate specific neuronal subtypes from stem cells by applying the developmental gene regulatory strategy that we define. Our study will eventually contribute to the design of a rational strategy to repair damaged neurons and to treat metabolic disorders in the human.

Key publications:
Dev 138:2823-2832, 2011; Curr Opin Neurobiol 20:29-36; Neuron 61:839-851, 2009; Neuron 62:641-654, 2009; Dev Cell 14: 877-89, 2008; Genes Dev 21: 744-9, 2007; Science 307: 596-600, 2005; Neuron 38: 731-745, 2003; Cell 110: 237-249, 2002.

For further details, please visit Soo Lee's lab page.

If you are interested in a position in our lab, please contact Soo Lee directly at .



For information about research staff positions not listed here, please contact individual faculty members for the particular lab(s) in which you are interested.



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