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.

OHSU is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution.

Faculty | Postdoctoral | Research Staff | Administrative Staff


Faculty Positions

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


Postdoctoral Fellows

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

Matt Whorton Lab

Job: IRC52523
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Matt Whorton.

Research in the lab is focused on understanding detailed mechanisms of how membrane proteins function, with an emphasis on eukaryotic ion channels, transporters, and membrane-embedded enzymes. The work will primarily entail developing expression and purification strategies, followed by biochemical and biophysical characterization, including structure determination by X-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy.

Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in molecular biology and protein biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with X-ray crystallography or cryo-EM is a plus, but not required. Postdoc applicants should have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, or a related field.

The lab is located in the Vollum Institute, a privately endowed research institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. We are setup for doing state-of-the-art protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, and structural biology (including access to crystallization robots, liquid handlers, and imagers for crystallography, and cutting-edge microscopes and detectors for cryo-EM).

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references by email to whorton@ohsu.edu. To be considered an official candidate, please also apply online using IRC52523 at www.ohsujobs.com.


Soo Lee Lab

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 .


Research Staff

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


Administrative Staff

There are no openings at this time.


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