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Washington University of St. Louis Staff Scientist (Microsurgery) - Surgery - 50621 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Surgery. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) is seeking a staff scientist to join a team of basic and clinician scientists focused on cardiothoracic transplantation research. Our laboratories have developed several microsurgical techniques and imaging platforms that have advanced research in transplantation. Our laboratories are federally funded and are highly productive. Our findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Clinical Investigation, The American Journal of Transplantation, JCI Insight, Blood and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Washington University School of Medicine is recognized nationally and internationally for research in medicine, science and biotechnology. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the leading academic medical center in the region and part of the BJC Health System, a fully integrated healthy delivery organization spanning 12 hospitals in the Missouri and Kansas regions.

The applicant will independently perform rodent (mouse) transplant (heart, lung, and/or kidney) surgeries, and assist with associated animal husbandry/care, monitoring and drug administration, tissue harvest and processing and subsequent analysis. Assists in developing and conducting research projects, including experimental design, data analysis and documentation of experiment results.


  1. Performs organ transplantation procedures in mice.
  2. Performs animal care (injections, blood draws, weighing, etc.) and animal husbandry.
  3. Orders and maintains surgical area and animals.
  4. Performs tissue processing and staining.
  5. Following instructions and discussions with principle investigator, designs research protocols including developing procedures for the collection, verification and management of data.
  6. Assists in grant preparation and reporting.
  7. Performs complex statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports. Verifies the correctness of the data submitted and makes recommendations based on these analyses.
  8. Documents research topics and prepares and submits papers based on research work to publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
  9. Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects. Suggests technical or procedural improvements in surgical methods.
  10. Conducts literature searches related to research project.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree with four years of experience in research lab operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling nine years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years microsurgical experience with mice.
  • Proficiency with (micro)surgical procedures in rodents, and preference will be given to those with experience in mouse models of heterotopic heart, kidney or lung transplantation.
  • Experience with delivery and monitoring of anesthesia, including post-surgical recovery.
  • Proficient in dose calculations, formulations and dilutions for drug administration.
  • Prior experience collecting and processing of tissue and blood samples.
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Familiarity with relevant codes of conduct in animal care, research and well-being.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work independent and effectively as part of a team.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $46,779 - $63,170 annually.

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.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested applicants should provide a CV, a succinct description of previous (micro)surgical experience in rodents, and contact details for three references.


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

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: Staff Scientist (Microsurgery) - Surgery - 50621

Job ID: 50621

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular