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Assistant Professor

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Portland, Oregon
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 16, 2023

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Independent Research Institute
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

Job Details

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences is dedicated to health and safety in the workplace. Our mission is to promote wellness and prevent disease and disability among working Oregonians. We fulfill our mission through basic and applied research, education, and outreach.


The Institute, a unit within Oregon Health & Science University, is comprised of over 75 individuals including faculty, research staff, outreach professionals, post-docs, and administrators, all working together to prevent illness and disease and promote healthy workplaces in Oregon and beyond. Base funding for the Institute is provided by the Oregon's Workers' Compensation system. The Institute leverages this investment to win highly competitive federal grants that bring in more than twice the dollars provided by the Oregon base funding.


We invite applications for full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor to study the biological basis of environmental, behavioral, or psychosocial stress. The successful candidate will develop and lead an experimental research program that leverages model organisms (e.g., rodents, flies) to explore the role of stress in health and disease. This research will complement ongoing basic, clinical, and applied research programs at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:


  • The role of cellular and physiological responses to environmental, behavioral, or psychosocial stressors
  • Somatic (nuclear or mitochondrial) or germline genetic variation in responses to environmental, behavioral, or psychosocial stressors (gene-behavior-environment interactions)
  • Social hierarchy and status as a predictor of physiological or cellular stress
  • Genetic determinants of intermediate phenotypes (e.g., chromatin structure, transcription, translation)
  • Next-generation sequencing/‘omics or high-throughput screening approaches to detecting mechanisms, variations, and physiological or psychological adaptations to environmental, behavioral, or psychosocial stressors.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and demonstrated excellence in research. Please submit a single PDF containing a cover letter, CV, research statement describing your research program vision, and contact information for three references. The statement should describe your interest in or efforts toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in your research, mentoring, and service. Applications should be submitted at:

Consideration of applicants will begin October 2, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.


For more information about the Institute, please visit our website: Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Charles Allen, c/o Dana Hendricks (


The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer. We encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented groups in the sciences.


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