Prospective Postdoctoral Scholars

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Why do your postdoc at OHSU?

As Oregon's only academic health center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is a locally- and nationally-recognized leader in healthcare, education, and advanced biomedical research. The synergy among these three enterprises leads to new cures, new standards of care, and a better understanding of the basic science that drives biomedical discovery. At OHSU, researchers are exploring new basic, translational, clinical, and applied research frontiers.

Click below to learn more about why you should do your postdoc at OHSU.

Career education from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Only you can take charge of your career! Fortunately, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is here to help you to develop your skills, explore your career options, and make informed career decisions.

The OPA serves as the central hub for information, education, and training for all postdoctoral scholars at OHSU. Whether your career goal is academic or non-academic, or even undetermined, the OPA staff can assist you with:

  • Self assessment, career exploration, and individual development plans
  • Transferable and technical skill training and development
  • Job search strategies
  • Networking
  • Application document review
  • Job offer negotiations

Culture of mentorship

OHSU offers tremendous opportunities for learning and professional development among it's nearly 2,800 clinical and basic research faculty members. By choosing a postdoctoral position at OHSU, you choose to work among the nation's most renowned scientists, including:

  • Fifteen NIH NRSA Institutional Training Grant directors
  • Nine mentorship award recipients
  • Five National Academy of Science members
  • Three Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators
  • Two American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows

These, and many other faculty, are dedicated to the mentorship of the world's future scientific leaders. Want to learn more? Discover the research and experts at OHSU.

Interdisciplinary research and education

As a institution of public health, education, and research, OHSU provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations and educational opportunities. OHSU is home to three professional schools, the Schools of MedicineNursing, and Dentistry. In the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, OHSU collaborates in biomedical research and education with Oregon State University and Portland State University, forming the College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health, respectively.

Additionally, OHSU is comprised of 68 separate research centers and institutes, including the Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Learn more about OHSU's collaborations: Intel  |  FEI  |  ONPRC

OHSU's Biomedical Innovation Program

The Biomedical Innovation Program at OHSU helps to accelerate the delivery of healthcare technologies from academia to the marketplace and thereby to improve health care. To reach this goal, the program fosters collaborative translational research that will lead to technology commercialization within a 3-5 year horizon.

The Biomedical Innovation Program cultivates, evaluates, and funds promising translational projects with the objective of moving innovative technologies to clinical application through commercialization. Do you have an idea for a technical innovation to improve patient care?

Learn more about OHSU's Biomedical Innovation Program.

Join us and get involved!

As the largest employer in Portland, with over 15,000 employees, OHSU is diverse in people and ideas. The community of 300 postdoctoral scholars is no exception. Demographically, the population of OHSU postdocs is 70% aged 30-39 years, 45% international scholars, and 52% female. With such diversity comes ample opportunities to get involved within and outside of the postdoctoral community, including:

  • OHSU Postdoctoral Association
  • Research in Progress Seminar Series
  • Portland Women in Science
  • Science Policy Discussion Group
  • Peer Mentoring Group
  • Management Consulting & Business of Science Interest Group
  • 8 Employee Resource Groups

Awards & recognition

OHSU is continually recognized for it's excellence in research, education, and healthcare. Below are just a few of OHSU's awards and recognition.

  • 28th in NIH Funding ($370 million) - 2015
  • 31st among Best Research-oriented Medical Schools - 2015
  • 7th among Children's Hospitals - 2015
  • "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by HRC Foundation - 2014