Dean's Research Scholar Program

We know some of the most exciting biomedical breakthroughs occur at the intersection of traditional research disciplines. As a leading academic health center on the West Coast, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has a strong commitment to fostering new, innovative approaches to biomedical discovery. The Dean's Research Scholar Program (DRSP) was developed to build on this commitment by attracting top interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers to OHSU to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research. DRSP is a distinctive opportunity to pursue a state-of-the-art project at the cross-section of disciplines.

OHSU is located in Portland, Oregon – a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest. Situated on the Willamette River, Portland is within easy access to ocean beaches, mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon's award-winning wineries. For more information on Portland and the surrounding area visit the Prospective Postdocs section of this website.

Program Highlights

  • Applicants propose their own interdisciplinary research project that leverages the strengths and opportunities of two or more participating units. The proposal is a primary basis for recruitment.
  • Applicants are required to identify and contact individual faculty members prior to applying to discuss and define potential projects.
  • Positions are jointly appointed in two or more OHSU participating units.
  • Secure funding for two years.
  • Generous salary and benefits.
  • Scientific and professional development mentoring from supervising faculty, department chairs, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Participating Units Eligibility

  • Applicants must possess a relevant doctorate degree with demonstrated skills and abilities to be successful in proposed research. To apply, at a minimum, applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation, and reasonably expect to receive their degree prior to date of employment.
  • Applicants must identify two (2) or more supervising investigators and develop an interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1000 words) prior to applying.
  • Individuals who are highly motivated to accelerate their own research ambitions in pursuing new areas of interdisciplinary research.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international applicants are welcome.
  • Individuals from diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

To apply, submit the following PDF documents at, applying for IRC67837.

  • Cover letter summarizing your experience, skills, and abilities for this position, including your career objectives.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including current and pending publications, and any current and/or past funding.
  • Interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1000 words), identifying proposed supervising faculty.
  • Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your scientific work.

Deadline: May 10, 2018


For questions, please contact Amy Johnson at