Pediatric Neuroimmunology Developmental Neuroscience Research Faculty: Pacific Northwest

Portland, Oregon (US)
Mar 25, 2021
Jun 23, 2021
Full Time

The Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are seeking applications for a full-time Pediatric Developmental Neuroscience research faculty. The successful candidate will work on the basic or translational aspects of neuroimmunology, developmental neuroscience, and/or childhood brain diseases (including brain cancer). Ideal candidates should have highly interactive research programs with the potential to synergize or enhance those of the department and the institution, which includes neuroinflammation, learning and memory, cognitive neuroscience, pediatric brain cancer, neuronal development, and neurobiology of childhood-onset diseases. Investigators focused on inflammation and metabolism in other organs, particularly the gut, are also encouraged to reply. An endowed-professorship is also available for a cancer researcher – this individual will already be at the Full Professor rank and will have a long, sustained track record of grant funding and high impact publications. Functions effectively and respectfully within the context of varying cultural beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds.  

  • The Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute currently consists of 15 investigators, including four endowed chairs, across three main research programs: Oregon Stem Cell Center, Pediatric Blood Cancer Biology, and Pediatric Neurosciences. The overall focus of the research programs is on the development of novel therapies for disorders with currently inadequate treatments.
  • The institute has already recruited several premier scientists to fill its facilities on the seventh floor of the state-of-the-art Lamfrom Biomedical Research Building. The Department and the Research Institute are seeking to hire one additional researcher who will focus their efforts on the basic or translational aspects of pediatric neuroimmunology, developmental neuroscience, and/or childhood brain diseases (including brain cancer).
  • The Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute capitalizes on the robust resources of the OHSU neuroscience community- one of the largest in the U.S. Additionally, the OHSU Brain Institute has more than 1,000 scientists and clinicians. It is one of the nation's leading centers for neuroscience, and it ranks in the top two percent for competitive grant support from the National Institutes of Health. 
  • There are ample resources available to support research efforts throughout OHSU, including the Silver Family Innovation Fund; OHSU physician-scientist recruitment fund; OHSU faculty comp-pact (for eligible faculty, half of their salary is covered by OHSU); and an Endowed Professorship available for qualified candidates, through the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute - up to 20% of salary.
  • OHSU is also home to the Oregon National Primate Research Center, one of the seven National Primate Research Centers supported by the National Institutes of Health. 

What we are seeking/candidate qualifications:

  • For a junior research package, we are searching for faculty that qualify for appointments at the assistant professor level. 
  • The ideal candidate is a physician-scientist (MD/Ph.D.). We will also consider Ph.D. and/or MD candidates who have an excellent track record of successful research funding, or a clear path towards additional research success (minimum of three first-author publications in high-impact journals; previous federal funding for their research, preferably K or R awards).
  • The successful candidate’s research efforts must be linked to pediatrics.
  • We are especially interested in underrepresented minority candidates.
  • For qualified leadership candidates, we may consider offering the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute Directorship role (expected to be a ~0.1 FTE role)

Portland has a metro population of over two million but maintains strong local neighborhoods and a close connection to nature. Consequently, the city consistently ranks high in national "livability" contests. The New York Times describes Portland as a "bastion of good living" and "one of our national capitals of cool." With easy access to mountains and beaches, coupled with a nationally recognized food culture, Portland is a large little city with an outsized and unique cultural footprint.

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. 

For immediate consideration please inquire with an updated copy of your CV so we can discuss the position by phone. Also, inform me of your best available times to speak. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your review. Please do not delay as we anticipate a significant response.

Please contact Kendra Thompson at or at 866-406-0269 and reference NEUR-105733

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