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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ophthalmology & Visual Science - 49271 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Williams Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience in molecular and cellular neurobiology to study neuronal regeneration and preservation in retinal mouse models of injury and disease. This project will examine how retinal circuits are altered by damage to the optic nerve and how these changes impact retinal ganglion cell survival and axon regeneration. Responsibilities of the researcher will include but are not limited to: determination of molecular pathways that activate retinal cells in response to ganglion cell axon damage; development of pharmacological or genetic inhibition of retinal cell activation after optic nerve damage; application of these approaches to a glaucoma model of retinal degeneration; data collection and analysis; preparation of presentations and manuscripts.

The Williams lab is a newly established research group at the Washington University School of Medicine. Our research goals are focused on identifying fundamental mechanisms of neuronal loss to better understand why neurons die or axons are damaged to ultimately establish new strategies for the preservation or restoration of neural tissue. We use multiple approaches, but focus on mouse models of retinal ganglion cell neurodegeneration, in vivo microscopy, AAV mediated gene delivery and knockout, along with transcriptomic and immunohistological analyses.

For more information about the lab, please visit https://sites.wustl.edu/williams/home/.

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to work with the broad Neuroscience community at the Washington University School of Medicine. Our lab has established collaborations with investigators specializing in electrophysiology, large volume electron microscopy and other areas to support independent research projects established by postdoctoral scholars. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Career Center, Teaching Center, and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor, including (but not limited to):

  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  2. Develops expertise in isolation and transcriptomic analysis of retinal neurons, surgical approaches to optic nerve injury and glaucoma in mice, adeno associated virus production and application.
  3. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  4. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  5. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  6. Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  7. Designs research experiments.
  8. Evaluates research findings and reports results.
  9. Maintains conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities.
  10. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  11. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  12. Engages in open and timely discussion with their 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.
  13. Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  14. Adheres 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.

Required Qualifications

  • Recent Ph.D. graduate in neuroscience or a related field.
  • Experience in transcriptomic material generation and analysis, in vivo 2-photon microscopy, adeno-associated virus production and use, experimental design, and data analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.

Benefits

This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to Dr. Phil Williams (prwillia@wustl.edu).

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ophthalmology & Visual Science - 49271

Job ID: 49271

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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