Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR60340
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Open in the laboratory of Shiming Chen, PhD, Dr. Bernard and Janet R. Becker Distinguished Professor in Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.
Area of expertise: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration
The Chen Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on understanding inherited retinal degeneration. The Chen Lab is one of the leading molecular vision research labs in the nation.Â It studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating photoreceptor gene expression in the retina and diseases associated with misregulation. The current research focuses on the Cone-Rod Homeobox (CRX) transcription factor and associated blinding retinopathies. Both basic science research and clinical study are involved. To understand pathogenesis of human mutations and develop treatment strategies, the Chen lab creates and characterizes mouse models using molecular imaging, electrophysiology and functional genomics. For details about CRX disease research, please see Tran et al, 2014, Ruzycki et al, 2015, 2018.
Washington University provides an excellent nurturing and collegial environment for trainees to develop a career that best reflects her/his strengths and goals. The postdoctoral researcher will develop independent research projects and have the opportunity to work with Drs. Brian Clark and Philip Ruzycki in the McMillan Ophthalmology research facility to perform mechanistic studies on mouse models, including single cell-based approaches. Career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.
St. Louis is an affordable, culture-rich, and family-friendly city for individuals who seek for a work/life balanced training environment. A competitive salary and associated benefits will be commensurate with applicantâ™s qualifications for the position.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor including (but not limited to):
Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication(s).
Develops expertise in retinal cell biology and molecular biology.
Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, collaboration, training lower-level researchersÂ and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
Prepares and submits research manuscripts.
Designs research experiments with appropriate controls, evaluates research findings and reports results.
Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research and compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
Engages in open and timely discussion with his/her mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications.
Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
Adherences to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.
The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree with less than three years of post-graduate experience. Prior experience in vision or neuroscience research is preferred, but not required. The candidate should have the ability to conduct independent research and to work with others in the team.
Base pay is commensurate with experience.
Applicant Special Instructions
Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter highlighting their qualifications (i.e. past training experience and future career goal (or research interest)), and three reference letters to Dr. Shiming Chen firstname.lastname@example.org.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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