Job Openings


There are currently openings in the lab for graduate students and postdocs.

Research in the lab is focused on understanding detailed mechanisms of how membrane proteins function, with an emphasis on eukaryotic ion channels, transporters, and membrane-embedded enzymes. A current focus in the lab is on understanding the structure-function relationship of nucleotide-sugar transporters (see eLife 2019;8:e45221). Projects in the lab primarily entail developing expression and purification strategies, followed by biochemical and biophysical characterization, including structure determination by X-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy.

Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in molecular biology and protein biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with X-ray crystallography or cryo-EM is a plus, but not required. Postdoc applicants should have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biophysics, or a related field.

The lab is located in the Vollum Institute, a privately endowed research institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. We are setup for doing state-of-the-art protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, and structural biology (including access to crystallization robots, liquid handlers, and imagers for crystallography, and cutting-edge microscopes and detectors for cryo-EM).


Postdoc applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references by email to whorton@ohsu.edu

Prospective students who are interested in the lab should first apply to one of the OHSU graduate programs, like the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) or the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (PMCB).

For current students who are interested in joining the lab, please contact me by email to setup a rotation.