Below are some of the postdoctoral positions available at OUHSC. Please note that this list is NOT comprehensive. If you do not see a position in your area of interest, you should directly contact OUHSC faculty who are working in your research area(s) to inquire about possible positions.
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A postdoctoral position (Associate Research Scholar) at the Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is immediately available to study chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) biology and signaling involving crosstalk of the malignant cells with the CLL tumor microenvironment.
A highly motivated scientist with a fresh PhD is encouraged to apply. Candidates with experience in cancer biology, molecular biology, and animal models (xenograft as well as transgenic) are preferred. The candidate should have first-hand experience in routine laboratory techniques including but not limited to cell culture, western blots, immunoprecipitation, confocal microscopy, apoptosis assay, PCR/qRT-PCR and other related biochemical assays. Experience in flow cytometry will be an added qualification.
To apply, please send a cover letter stating your research interests and experience along with a curriculum vitae and three references to email@example.com.
The Stephenson Cancer Center is an NCI-designated cancer center with interacting teams of scientists supported by an array of core facilities and located on a large OUHSC research campus. OUHSC is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven health professional schools, providing a broad base of expertise for comprehensive clinical and basic science research, interdisciplinary interaction, and career development. Oklahoma City is a large metropolis with western charm, easy local transportation, vibrant downtown, and excellent suburbs.
The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution http://www.ou.edu/eoo/.
Posted: July 26, 2019
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department: Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).
Description: A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Walters, Ph.D. The major focus of the Walters laboratory is to understand the processes that regulate lung regeneration during health and in response to environmental insult (e.g. cigarette smoke). Using both in vitro and in vivo models, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on projects related to studying the role of Notch signaling in regulating differentiation of human airway epithelial stem/progenitor cells in the context of cigarette smoking-induced lung disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Requirements: We are seeking a highly motivated, self-driven individual with a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology. Experience with cell culture, stem cell biology and/or mouse models is preferred. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., be well organized, be a self-starter and a team player, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Additional Information (including how to apply): Interested candidates should send a letter that describes your scientific interest and research experience, together with your CV (including a list of all publications) and the names of three references to Dr. Matthew Walters (Matthew-S-Walters@ouhsc.edu). For more information about our research please visit our website (https://www.oumedicine.com/department-of-internal-medicine/department-sections/pulmonary-critical-care-sleep-medicine/research/walters).
Matthew Walters, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
800 N. Research Parkway
Building 800, 4th Floor, Rm 410
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Lab: 405-271-8000 ext 57387 or 57357
Application Deadline: Position open until filled.
Posted: June 25, 2019
Postdoctoral Position in Ocular Immunology
An NIH-funded position is available for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Candidates with experience in immunology, molecular biology, physiology, and/or cell biology who are highly motivated and enthusiastic are encouraged to apply. Experience with mice, cell culture, and writing papers is required. He or she must be able to multi-task, work in a team setting as well as independently, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency with ocular mouse models and flow cytometry is preferred.
Dr. Darren Lee’s lab is interested in autoimmune uveitis and the mechanisms that promote resolution.
Interested individuals should send an updated CV and contact information for three references to Darrenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: June 26, 2019
One postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City. Dr. S. Awasthi’s research group is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research fellow to study the immunomodulation and biological activity of Toll-like receptor 4-interacting SPA4 peptide. In this position, the postdoctoral researcher will help elucidate potential mechanism(s) involved in host cell immunomodulation. Multi-disciplinary approaches are utilized in Dr. S. Awasthi’s research program including structural, biophysical, molecular, cellular, microbiological, biochemical and immunological studies. The position will remain open until filled.
Qualifications: Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology/Immunology/Biochemistry, or a related field in Biological Sciences with peer-reviewed publication(s). Experience with molecular and cell biology methods and mouse models is required. Competitive candidates are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills, to be organized, and to work easily with others in the laboratory as a team player.
Interested applicants should send their CV and a list of three references to Shanjana-Awasthi@ouhsc.edu by e-mail.
Posted: June 26, 2019
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
A postdoctoral position is available in the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) to study protein tyrosine kinases and phosphatases in cancer biology and therapy. Areas of research include roles and mechanisms of protein tyrosine kinases and phosphatases in oncogenesis, responses to therapy, cancer genomics, immune-oncology, and drug discovery.
Highly motivated individuals with a recent doctoral degree and a solid background and skills in molecular cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology, or animal models are encouraged to apply. The appointee will be expected to participate in experimental design, perform original experiments, collect and evaluate data; develop new research techniques and procedures; publish original research findings; and participate in research meetings. The ideal candidate should be able to take a lead role on a project and report to the PI.
To apply, please send a cover letter stating your research interests and experience along with a curriculum vitae and the names of three references to Dr. Jie Wu at email@example.com.
Posted: July 1, 2019
Post-Doctoral Position in (protein chemistry, bacterial toxin biology)
A post-doctoral position is available immediately for a talented individual with a PhD in (topic of PHD) and significant experience in protein chemistry. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with collaborators at Harvard University and the University of Melbourne, Australia.The initial direction of the project will entail studies to investigate the activation of pore-forming toxins produced by and involved in the pathogenesis of a wide variety of major bacterial pathogens. The successful candidate will also be involved in the study of a new class of related pore-forming proteins that are widespread in bacterial species that are important to human microbiome, but which are also widespread in the terrestrial environment. This project and position are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID). Salary for the post-doctoral position will be commensurate with experience and the NIH post-doc salary scale. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to apply.
To Apply: Send applications by email in a single PDF. The application package will include a 1-2 page cover letter describing research interests and short- and long-term goals, an NIH-format bio-sketch, and the names and contact information of three referees. Applications should be sent directly to Dr. Rodney Tweten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: June 26, 2019
Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
Research Positions available for NIH-funded projects:
The Wang lab at OUHSC Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researchers in the area of diabetes research. The positions can start immediately. The candidates will study the roles and mechanisms of several novel genes and chemicals we recently identified in pancreatic beta cell biology, insulin action, insulin resistance, and other aspects in the pathogenesis of diabetes. Molecular and cellular biology and biochemical techniques as well as transgenic/knockout mouse models will be utilized for these studies. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular or Cell Biology, Pharmacology or related field is required. Strong expertise in molecular and cellular biology, protein biochemistry, or experience with mouse models of diabetes or of metabolic disorders is preferred.
Candidates must be self-driven, highly motivated and well organized, and have published first-author papers in internationally recognized journals. Must be able to multi-task and solve problems creatively, with the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a team. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
Interested candidates should send a letter that describes your scientific interest and research experience, together with your CV, list of publications and the names of three references to Dr. Weidong Wang at email@example.com. Please also visit our website http://www.ouhsc.edu/endocrinology/faculty/Wang.asp for more information about our research.
Posted: March 21, 2019
Position in Cardiovascular Immunology
position is available at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in
the lab of Dr. Stavros Stavrakis (co-mentored by Dr. Mary Beth Humphrey) to
study molecular mechanisms by which vagal nerve stimulation improves heart
failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Studies include use of a high
salt diet-induced model of HFpEF in rats. We will be immunophenotyping cardiac
and splenic myeloid cells and T cells from this model and test for the
functional role of these immune cell subsets during the development of HFpEF.
Further studies will investigate the changes in these immune cells in response
to vagal nerve stimulation in the model.
have a Ph.D. with experience in immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology,
or biochemistry. Experience with mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA
technology, cellular signaling and rodent models of disease are preferred.
Candidate must be able to plan and perform experiments in an independent
manner with appropriate supervision, have excellent communication skills and
strong interpersonal skills. Candidate will also be responsible for
writing papers, protocols and lab reports associated with this project. Highly
motivated individuals who wish to develop careers as independent scientists are
encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with
documented success in research, such as recent first author publications and
aspirations for an independent scientific career. Please provide a CV and
contact information for 3 references, including current employer by email.
Contact via e-mail
Posted: June 26, 2019
A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. D. Karamichos’s research group is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral research fellow to study the pathobiology of a cornea diseases known as Keratoconus. The postdoctoral researcher will help elucidate potential mechanism(s) involved and develop novel therapeutic agents in this devastating corneal disease. Multi-disciplinary approaches are utilized including, molecular, cellular, biochemical and structural studies. The position will remain open until filled.
Qualifications: Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology/Physiology/Biochemistry, or a related field in Biological Sciences with peer-reviewed publication(s). Experience with molecular and cell biology methods is required. Competitive candidates are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills, to be organized, and to work easily with others in the laboratory as a team player.
Interested applicants should send their CV and a list of three references to Dimitrios-Karamichos@ouhsc.edu by e-mail.
Posted: June 26, 2019
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Three Positions Available)
- Department: Medicine, Surgery, and the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC)
- Description: Three post-doctoral fellow positions are open immediately in Dr. Min Li's lab in the Department of Medicine, Department of Surgery at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC). Our projects include molecular mechanisms and translational research on pancreatic cancer, other GI cancers and brain tumor (PNAS 2007; Clin Can Res 2009, 2010; EMBO Mol Med 2013; Oncogene 2014, etc).
- Requirements: The successful candidates must be highly self-motivated with a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology. Experience with mouse models is preferred. Experience in pharmacology, or bioinformatics is also welcomed. The candidate will work with an established investigator (supported by multiple NIH/NCI R01 grants and private funding), and as well as a strong clinical team (including surgeons and gastroenterologists). The successful candidate will get a competitive stipend and have access to state-of the art facilities, both at the OUHSC and the Stephenson Cancer Center.
- Additional Information (including how to apply): Please submit your CV, a research summary, and names and addresses of three references via email to: Frieda-Hindman@ouhsc.edu.
Application Deadline: Position open until filled.
Posted: March 22, 2019
A Postdoctoral position for a highly motivated researcher to study the role of an inflammatory cell death pathway, necroptosis, in cancer and brain aging is available in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Applicants should have a PhD degree in molecular and cellular biology or biomedical sciences and experience in mice handling. Candidates with experience and skills in molecular cell biology, biochemistry, immunology and/or cancer biology are encouraged to apply. Candidates having a background and experience in brain research are also encouraged to apply. Good communication and organizational skills are required. Applicants should have demonstrated scientific productivity, have a strong publication record, be able to design and execute scientific experiments independently, write manuscripts, prepare and submit competitive fellowship applications.
Please send a CV, cover letter explaining your research interests and experience, and contact information for 3 referees to Deepa-Sathyaseelan@ouhsc.edu
Posted: June 26, 2019
in Tobacco Regulatory Science Research
The Oklahoma Tobacco
Research Center (OTRC) of the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City announces a post-doctoral
fellowship opportunity (1-3 year appointments) for a fellow who aspires to
become an independent academic researcher in the areas of tobacco regulatory
science research, tobacco health communication, tobacco use/cessation, and/or
health disparities and comorbidities research. The fellow will be encouraged to
develop new research in related areas and will have the opportunity to be
involved in ongoing NIH/FDA-funded clinical trials on tobacco use, as well as
secondary analysis of completed NIH/FDA studies.
fellow will work primarily with Dr. Amy Cohn and her team to conduct
laboratory, experimental, and/or epidemiological research in areas relevant to
tobacco regulatory science and tobacco prevention in at-risk and vulnerable
populations, including youth, young adults, and smokers with mental health and
substance use comorbidities. Dr. Cohn’s current NIH-funded research focuses on
understanding young adult appeal for flavored tobacco products, including
menthol cigarettes, as well as the co-use of tobacco with alcohol and
marijuana. This research aims to inform FDA tobacco product regulation and
policies, as well as identify targets for modification in prevention and
intervention efforts. Dr. Cohn’s research uses a variety of methodological
approaches, including ecological momentary assessment, secondary analysis of
large population-based surveys, laboratory smoking topography studies,
behavioral economic paradigms, and computer-based experimental tasks. Other
ongoing research will develop and evaluate tobacco and marijuana use health
risk messages, and improving smoking cessation programs for smokers with mental
health and substance use comorbidities. The fellow will have access to training
and research opportunities as part of the OU
PRIME (Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects) Lab in the Center
for Applied Social Research at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of
Journalism and Mass Communication,
and the Tobacco Treatment Research Program (TTRP) at OTRC. The OU Prime Lab is specifically designed to conduct cutting-edge
research on how individuals cognitively and emotionally process media and
health communication messages, including anti-tobacco messaging (
https://ou-primelab.oucreate.com/lab/. The TTRP offers free tobacco cessation counseling and
pharmacotherapy to adults from campus and the community. For more information,
please visit the OTRC website: (
The fellow will be
highly involved in manuscript preparation using data from completed and ongoing
studies, as well as existing population-based datasets. Fellows will also take
part in the formal OTRC training program, which includes coursework and
seminars that provide training in grant writing and preparation, conducting
laboratory research, tobacco-related research methods, and advanced statistical
include a doctoral degree in social/behavioral sciences, public health,
psychology, or other relevant area. Excellent writing and analytic skills
required. Experience with tobacco research, experimental methods, and
quantitative methods are preferred. Applicants with interest in health disparities
(including co-occurring substance use), health communication, and/or tobacco
product marketing (i.e., advertising, labeling, and/or packaging
characteristics) encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits are excellent. In
addition, fellows will have access to funds to conduct research, and attend
external trainings and conferences.
candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research
interests, and 3 letters of reference to: Dr. Amy Cohn c/o Mr.
Derek-Matthesen@ouhsc.edu and include “Cohn” in the subject line.
Posted: June 26, 2019
Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Parasitology
A postdoctoral or staff scientist position is available immediately for a talented individual with a Ph.D. in microbiology or related field and significant experience in one or more of the following areas: second messenger signaling, microbial motility, heterologous gene expression in yeast, CRISPR/Cas genome editing, and/or molecular parasitology. The successful applicant will join a new molecular parasitology laboratory that uses Toxoplasma gondii, a highly tractable apicomplexan parasite, to investigate how apicomplexans turn on motility to locate, enter, and exit host cells. Apicomplexans depend on cyclic GMP (cGMP) signaling to activate motility, yet it is unclear how this signal is generated. This NIH-funded project will explore how apicomplexans generate cGMP using an unusual class of hybrid P4-ATPase-guanylate cyclase enzymes. Applicants should have sufficient experience with cellular, genetic, and molecular biology techniques to play a leading role in achieving the project goals. Salary for the postdoctoral position will follow the NIH postdoc salary scale. Salary for recruitment at the staff scientist level will be commensurate with experience. The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to apply.
To Apply: Send applications by email in a single PDF. The application package will include a 1-2 page cover letter describing research interests and short- and long-term goals, an NIH-format bio-sketch or C.V., and the names and contact information of three referees. Applications should be sent directly to Dr. Kevin M. Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: July 10, 2019
Position in Cell Surface Receptor Structure and Function
NIH-funded postdoctoral position in cell surface receptor structure and
function is available in the Pioszak laboratory in the Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Projects involve structure/function
studies of clinically important human cell surface receptors. The
position will involve a variety of biochemical and pharmacological approaches
as well as structural studies using X-ray crystallography and/or Cryo-EM.
should hold a recent Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, or related
area. Experience with molecular biology techniques, protein expression
and purification, protein-ligand interaction methods, cell culture,
pharmacological assays, and X-ray crystallography or Cryo-EM would be an
advantage, but experience in all of these areas is not required. Strong
motivation and a strong work ethic are a must. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications/experience
and the NIH postdoc salary scale.
apply, please send a single pdf including cover letter, CV, and the names and
contact information for 3 references to
more information on the Pioszak lab please consult our webpage:
University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted: July 11, 2019
Job Posting Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center
The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in computational biology and bioinformatics. HHDC has an exceptional and expanding research program focusing on the early origins of diabetes and obesity in children. The candidate will be co-mentored by HHDC Member, Dr. Chongle Pan, and HHDC Director, Dr. Jacob E. Friedman. Dr. Pan is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology in OU Norman. Dr. Friedman is a Professor of Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Pediatrics & Medicine at OU Health Sciences Center.
They have formed an active ongoing collaboration and partnership for tools ranging from transcriptomics, metabolomics, epigenetics, to metagenomics of the microbiome.
The research will focus on the characterization of risk factors for diabetes in early childhood. The risk factors will include childhood microbiota dysbiosis, genetic predisposition, and maternal metabolism disorders. Key molecular determinants for these risk factors will be identified from multi-omics data, which will be used to develop testable hypotheses for follow-on molecular biology experiments and build computational models for predicting and understanding diabetes.
The candidate is responsible for analyzing and mining multi-omics data using computational techniques, such as machine learning, generalized linear mixed models, and biological network analysis. This may require development of new computer algorithms and/or construction of computational workflows on computer clusters. The types of multi-omics data will include longitudinal metagenomics sequencing data, genome-wide association (GWAS) data, proteomics data, and metabolomics data. The candidate is expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals.
Ph.D. in bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field.
Strong publication track record
Relevant prior research experience
Posted: July 23, 2019
Department: Department of Medicine, Division of
Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy at the University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center (OUHSC).
Description: A postdoctoral position is available in
the laboratory of Dr. Matlock A Jeffries, MD. The major focus of Dr. Jeffries’s
lab is understanding the ways in which environmental factors influence
osteoarthritis (OA) risk by modulating epigenetic factors both locally within
the joint and systemically, and whether epigenetic modifications might be used
as biomarkers for human OA diagnosis and progression. Using both
and in vivo models, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on
projects studying the epigenetic consequences of aging, obesity, and trauma to
mouse OA development, as well as projects investigating the role of the
microbiome on systemic inflammation in OA. The Jeffries laboratory also studies
epigenetic editing, and there will be a possibility for the postdoctoral
research fellow to work on
in vitro epigenetic editing of OA-relevant
tissues as well.
Requirements: We are seeking a highly motivated and
driven individual with a background in epigenetics and/or microbiome analysis
and OA, with good fundamental cell biology skills and a willingness to learn
rodent microsurgical techniques as they apply to OA. Experience with cell
culture, viral transduction, mouse models, and strong computing / data analysis
skills are preferred. The successful candidate will hold an MD or PhD degree,
be highly organized, independently capable, a team player, and have excellent
Interested individuals should send an updated CV or
NIH biosketch, a cover letter, and information for three references to Dr.
Posted: July 24, 2019
Physiology and Ophthalmology, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences
position is available in the Department of Physiology and Ophthalmology at the
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) to study Phosphoinositide
Signaling and its effect on the Neuroprotection of the Retina as well as
Retina/RPE Metabolism and Metabolic Reprogramming. Areas of research include
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Genetic Engineering.
We are seeking a
highly motivated, self-driven individuals with a strong background in molecular
biology and cell biology. Preference will be given to candidates who have
experience in cell signaling. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D., be
well organized, independent, a team player, and have excellent written and
verbal communication skills.
(including how to apply):
Interested candidates should send a letter that describes
your scientific interest and research experience, together with your CV
(including a list of all publications) and the names of three references who
can assess your candidature to Dr. Raju Rajala (
Position open until
Posted: August 5, 2019