Described below are some of the openings that are available for postdocs at Oregon State University. Not all open postdoctoral positions are listed here; some may be advertised in journals or on other web sites. If you do not see an opening in your area of interest, you may wish to contact specific faculty members directly to inquire about the possibility of training with them. To contact individual faculty, visit the lists of Academic Colleges and Research Centers and Institutes, and select a college, department, center, or institute. Most units provide profiles of research interests and contact information for faculty members.

Please follow the instructions for submitting your application materials. Materials should not be sent to the OSU Graduate School.

To submit a position for posting on this page, please contact
Megan Ferris, Assitant to the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs.

OSU is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer


Modeling Climate Responses of Pacific Northwest Vegetation - Postdoctoral Scholar

Posted: 09/05/2014
Name: College of Forestry - Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society
Location: Oregon State University - Corvallis
Position Summary:

The Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State University invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Postdoctoral Scholar position in Modeling Climate Responses of Pacific Northwest Vegetation.

The goal of this work is to advance forest ecosystem modeling at regional and sub-regional scales in Pacific Northwest and Alaska forest ecosystems using multiple dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs). In collaboration with USFS technical staff, the postdoctoral scholar will use the MC2 and BioMAP DGVMs to simulate forest response to climate change using downscaled CMIP5 climate data. Furthermore, the postdoctoral scholar will evaluate these DGVMs in comparison to other terrestrial biome models such as CLM-ED and LPJ. There is a dual opportunity in this position to produce practical guidance for the regions’ forest managers and policy makers, while exploring and advancing DGVM and biogeochemical modeling approaches.

Qualified applicants should have expertise in ecosystem modeling. Extensive experience with at least one vegetation and/or biogeochemical model is desirable, as is using empirical datasets for calibration, validation and/or analysis, including remote sensing products. Candidates with a strong background in forest ecology, biogeochemistry, and related fields are desired. Candidates must be able to read, revise and execute ecosystem model code. The candidate will be expected to coordinate research activities, develop refereed publications, and present research results at professional conferences. A competitive salary is available, along with a generous benefits package, and the start date is somewhat flexible but should be no later than Jan. 31, 2015. The appointment will be made initially for one year with possibility of extension for an additional year, conditional upon performance. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Forestry at OSU.
Position Duties:

70% - Model development and execution

30% - Publishing: Publish results in the peer-reviewed literature.  

The successful candidate will evaluate downscaled climate change projections and vegetation model simulations at regional and sub-regional scales for the national forests of the US Pacific Northwest and Alaska. This includes the following tasks:

1.            Design an effective framework for evaluating downscaled climate datasets and models;

2.            Identify relevant datasets, vegetation models, and outputs for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska;

3.            Perform additional vegetation model simulations;

4.            Evaluate downscaled climate datasets;

5.            Evaluate skill of vegetation models;

6.            Evaluate sensitivity of vegetation models to climate datasets;
Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Computer programming and analysis in an office setting at Oregon State University.
Minimum/Required Qualifications:  A Ph.D. ecology, chemistry, earth system science, forestry, geography, atmospheric science, civil engineering or a related discipline from an accredited university is required.
Preferred Qualifications: Priority will be given to those with demonstrated experience and expertise in ecosystem process model development, and working knowledge of programming languages such as C, FORTRAN, R, MATLAB, or Python. Experience with analysis of remotely sensed or eddy covariance data is also helpful. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, and to work well in a collaborative team environment.
Application Process:

Closing date: 10-31-2014

For further information, please contact Dr. Christopher Still at chris.still@oregonstate.edu or Dr. John Kim at jbkim@fs.fed.us.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, a curriculum vita, and reference contact information to: Prof. Christopher Still, Forest Ecosystems and Society, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University Corvallis, OR 97331-5752 chris.still@oregonstate.edu (email preferred).

For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

Biomedical Sciences - Postdoctoral Scholar

Posted: 08/20/2014
Name: College of Veterinary Medicine – Biomedical Sciences
Location: Oregon State University - Corvallis
Available: September 2014
Closing: Until filled
Appointment: Stipend and benefits conform with Postdoctoral Scholar standards at OSU; more information can be found at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs.  Stipend ranges from $42,000 to $49,128 per year, depending on the number of years of experience since graduating with PhD.
Job Description: 

The successful applicants will focus on structure/function-based studies of bacterial proteins that modulate membrane cation transport in Vibrio cholerae and Yersinia pestis.  This is a NIH-funded, 2-year project with possible 3 year extension.

The successful candidate will also be helping to mentor undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory.  The candidate should have experience in the statistical treatment of datasets, the writing and editing of scientific manuscripts, and communication of scientific results to the scientific community.

Work site is in a well-equipped molecular microbiology lab on the main campus of Oregon State University in the lovely small town of Corvallis, about 80 miles south of Portland.
Job Requirements: PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or closely-related field.  Interest in bacterial physiology and virulence is expected.  Strong work ethic and a documentable ability to initiate and sustain a highly productive research project.  Good communication skills, both verbal and written.  Experience leading and training students, and working as part of a team is a plus.  Must have graduated within 3 years of starting date.
Application Process:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references to Claudia Hase at Claudia.hase@oregonstate.edu.

For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

Biomedical Sciences - Postdoctoral Scholar

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry - Postdoc Scholar Position

Posted: 8/19/2014
Name: Environmental & Molecular Toxicology – Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Job Description: The successful candidate will be helping to mentor undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory, maintaining and repairing laboratory instrumentation, and conducting analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and/or environmental engineering research on organic compounds.  The candidate should have experience in the statistical treatment of large datasets, the writing and editing of scientific manuscripts, and communication of scientific results to the scientific community.
Job Requirements:

A doctoral degree in Chemistry or Environmental Engineering with experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry, especially gas chromatographic mass spectrometry.  Experience with student mentoring, statistical manipulation of large datasets, conducting analytical chemistry,  environmental chemistry and/or environmental engineering research on organic compounds, manuscript writing and preparation, and oral communication of research required.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and 3 references to the contact information below.

Contact Information:

Dr. Staci L. Massey Simonich, ProfessorAssociate Editor, Environmental Science & Technology Letters
Oregon State University
Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and
Department of Chemistry
1141 Agricultural and Life Sciences
Corvallis, OR  97331-7301
v: (541)737-9194, f: (541)737-0497
email: staci.simonich@orst.edu

For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

PHARMACOGENOMICS - Postdoc Scholar Position

Posted: 7/25/14
Name: College of Pharmacy - Laboratory of Pharmacogenomics
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Job Description:

A dynamic, innovative research laboratory of Pharmacogenomics at the College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking to fill a Post-Doctoral position in Bioinformatics. The laboratory is highly collaborative with range of partnerships located in United States (National Institutes of Health and different colleges of OSU) and abroad (Norway, Brazil).

These papers (Nature Medicine. 2011 Nov 20;17(12):1585-93; BMC Bioinformatics. 2011 Jul 14;12:286; Nature Communications. 2013;4:1806) illustrate where we were about a year ago. Currently we have more “things” going on such as reconstruction and analysis of transkingdom networks from microbial metagenomics and host transcriptomics in animal and clinical systems.

The successful candidate will be executing research projects in Systems Bio/Medicine focused on the analysis of pharmacogenomics, metagenomic, transcriptomics, and metabolomics and other 'omics' data derived from the human samples and experimental animals. Analyses will broadly focus on systems-level studies using different modeling approaches including network analysis of interaction between drug, host and its microbiome, as well as discovery of biomarkers relevant to human disease such as cervical cancer and immunodeficiency. The candidate should be familiar with statistics and bioinformatic techniques for genomic data analysis and have to collaborate closely with members of experimental laboratories for validation of computational results.

Job Requirements:

A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Biology, or a related field and ability to collaborate well are required. Proficiency in statistical programming and/or scripting languages appropriate for scalable data analysis (e.g., R, Perl, Python, etc.); familiarity with functional genetic and/or genomic data, as indicated by the publication record. Experience with biological databases and wet lab is a plus.

Contact Information:

Andrey Morgun, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in Pharmacogenomics
College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University
email: andriy.morgun@oregonstate.edu

For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

US EPA - Two Postdoc Positions Available

Posted: 06/20/14
Name: US EPA - Western Ecology Division
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Job Description and Requirements:

We have two post-doc positions available at the US EPA's Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR.  Both positions are funded through the Oakridge/ORISE program, and applications must be submitted through the ORISE website (http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm).

Position 1:  Evaluating the effects of climate change on hydrologic behavior in the southwest (position EPA-ORD/NHEERL-WED-2014-02).  Qualifications include:  Doctoral degree hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience with the use of climate data and GIS analysis is desirable.  The full project description can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/description.aspx?JobId=14812.

Position 2:  Mapping watershed integrity nationally (position EPA-ORD/NHEERL-WED-2014-04).  Qualifications include:  Doctoral degree in aquatic ecology, ecohydrology, watershed hydrology, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience with the use of aquatic monitoring data and GIS analyses is desired.  The full project description can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/description.aspx?JobId=14848.

Contact Information:

Further information can be obtained by contacting leibowitz.scott@epa.gov:

Scott G. Leibowitz, Ph.D.
US EPA
200 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR  97333
TEL: (541) 754-4508
FAX: (541) 754-4799
http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/staff/leibowitz.htm


For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Forest Value Chain Optimization

Posted: 05/22/2014
Name: College of Forestry - Institute for Working Forest Landscapes (IWFL)
Location: Oregon State University - Corvallis
Closing: Until filled
Job Description: 

The Institute for Working Forest Landscapes (IWFL) at Oregon State University invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in Forest Value Chain Optimization. The IWFL is a new Center of Excellence in the College of Forestry that was created to conduct interdisciplinary research in four thematic areas: ecosystem resilience, healthy communities, innovative forest products, and intensive forest management.  The scientist in Forest Supply Chain Optimization will develop new methods to increase the productivity and value realization of forest products with the twin goals of increasing the competitiveness of local manufacturing and improve the resilience of forest landscapes.

The fellow will work closely with scientists in wood products, business, engineering and industrial ecology. 

Job Requirements:

Applicants should have at least one degree in forestry, expertise in modeling and optimization or industrial ecology.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned PhD in Forest Economics, Forest Operations, Wood Products or related education.

Prior experience is preferred.

Application Process:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum VitaeInsti, and 3 references to Dr. Thomas Maness at Thomas.Maness@oregonstate.edu or Dr. John Sessions at John.Sessions@oregonstate.edu.

For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs

ANTIBIOTIC RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT - Postdoctoral Scholar

Posted: 05/8/2014
Name: Antibiotic Research and Development
Location: Oregon State University - Corvallis
Available: June 2014
Closing: Until filled
Appointment: Stipend and benefits conform with Postdoctoral Scholar standards at OSU; more information can be found at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs.  Stipend ranges from $42,000 to $49,128 per year, depending on the number of years of experience since graduating with PhD.
Job Description: 

Design, test, and develop novel antisense antibiotics made with a novel platform technology.  These novel antisense antibiotics mimic the structure of DNA, and inhibit expression of bacterial genes in a sequence-specific mechanism.  They are very effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Work on this project targets Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli.  NIH-funded, 2-year project with possible 3 year extension. 

Work site is in a well-equipped molecular microbiology lab on the main campus of Oregon State University in the lovely small town of Corvallis, about 80 miles south of Portland.  The project also works closely with the biotechnology company Sarepta Therapeutics, located near the OSU campus.

Job Requirements: PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or closely-related field.  Interest in drug development.  Strong work ethic and a documentable ability to initiate and sustain a highly productive research project.  Good communication skills, both verbal and written.  Experience leading and training students, and working as part of a team.  Must have graduated within 3 years of starting date.
Application Process:

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references to Bruce Geller at gellerb@orst.edu.


For more information about the Postdoc Scholar Appointment please see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs