Post Doctoral Researcher in Portland, OR

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

Ohsu Healthcare   •  

Portland, OR 97201

Industry: Hospitals & Medical Centers


Less than 5 years

Posted 44 days ago

Functions/Duties of PositionThe Biomaterials and Biomechanics Department is seeking a Post-doctoral researcher/fellow to begin immediately. The successful candidate will be joining an enthusiastic and dynamic group. This position requires research performance consistent with the goals of the principal investigator, Carmem Pfeifer PhD. The lab is very active, with the opportunities to publish papers, submit grant proposals, present at technical meetings, and work with partners in industry and university / government.

There are currently several areas of work within my lab which span within the broad field of biomaterials and include the following specific topic areas:

1.Design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials for dental and biomedical applications: the major project funded in the lab aims at harnessing ecological interactions within the oral biofilm and host enzyme derived degradation of the tooth substrate to develop novel restorative materials capable of withstanding the challenges posed by the use in the oral environment. These challenges include mechanical loading, bacteria-derived acid demineralization of the tooth, degradation of the material by salivary and bacteria-derived enzymes, as well as substrate degradation by water percolation and host metalloproteinases.

2.Test materials under physiological conditions in vitro: material resistance to degradation under physiologically-relevant conditions is the main focus of the development in the lab. Testing includes microbiology assays, mechanical testing and combinations thereof. Polymerization behavior is assessed with spectroscopic techniques, isolated or in tandem with mechanical testing.

The successful candidate will have experience in material characterization techniques and manuscript preparation. Ability to work independently and contribute ideas is essential. We are looking for a motivated individual, with the mindset of contributing to the group in a meaningful way. Career development training opportunities are plentiful atOHSU, and participation is highly encouraged by the PI. The lab is currently funded through FY 2027 (NIH-NIDCR 1R35-DE029083), and therefore, it is expected that the candidate will be able to be part of the group for at least 2-3 years.


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or related field
  • 3-4 years of laboratory-related experience
  • Mechanical testing: universal testing machine (flexural strength, fracture toughness), dynamic mechanical analysis, rheology
  • Spectroscopic techniques: IR and UV-Vis
  • Manuscript writing experience
  • Strong English language skills (writing and speaking) are required
  • Must work independently
  • Attention to detail and good record-keeping are essential
  • Work hours are M-F, 8-5, with occasional after-hours and weekend attendance required
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation


  • Grant Writing experience
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Workshop experience

Valid Through: 2019-10-30