Dean's Research Scholar Program

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 recruiting top interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers to OHSU to catalyze novel interdisciplinary research. DRSP is a distinctive opportunity to start a research career pursuing 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

  • OHSU is hiring 1-2 early-career postdoctoral researchers.
  • 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 have an awarded doctorate degree in a relevant discipline by the position start date, if hired. The start date is flexible within one year from offer.
  • Applicants must identify two (2) or more supervising investigators and develop an interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1000 words) prior to applying.
  • Applicants must be 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 IRC73019.
  • Cover letter summarizing your previous research accomplishments, your career objectives, and how participating in this program would allow you to reach those objectives.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including current and pending publications, awards, and any current and/or past independent funding.
  • Interdepartmental research proposal (maximum 1000 words), identifying proposed supervising investigators.
  • A letter of endorsement from each proposed supervising investigator
  • Three letters of reference from people acquainted with your scientific work. Reference letters should be submitted direct to Amy Johnson at

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2018

Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


For questions, please contact Amy Johnson at

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.