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Postdoctoral Fellow
Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted 02/23/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description:

Position Summary

Postdoctoral Fellow


Involvement in ongoing studies evaluating novel diagnostic methods for infectious diseases and molecular pathology. The broader research focus will be on collaborative studies with various corporate partners and developing/implementing novel diagnostic methods in the clinical laboratory. It is expected that time will be committed to research, the verification of clinical assays, and scholarship in the field of Laboratory Medicine. Specific responsibilities associated with this position will be assigned by the Medical Director or his designee.

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:

  • Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
  • Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
  • Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
  • Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
  • Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
  • As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.

Primary Functions

  • Design and execute complex research procedures.
  • Develop and perform routine and complex analysis protocols for research programs.
  • Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects
  • Assist in developing, implementing and monitoring quality activities.
  • Collaborate with principle investigators in determining study design and performing statistical analyses, including manuscript and grant submissions and other disseminations.
  • Develop new methodologies for lab procedures.
  • Maintain supplies, may negotiate with vendors, track purchase orders.
  • Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, evaluate lab procedures.
  • May manage data entry staff, and activities surrounding database, data collection, and data entry and data management.
  • Assist in training students, residents and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Write, edit, analyze and interpret scientific information for public and governmental progress reports, publications in scientific journals and presentations.

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of scientific approach and methodologies. Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol. Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise

Skills and abilities: Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures. Ability to design, organize, and coordinates scientific research projects.

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:


Minimum Required Education:               PhD in a scientific field or MD

Minimum Required Experience:              None

Preferred Education:  Microbiology or molecular genetics

Preferred Experience:  Bacterial culture, molecular methods (PCR, sequencing, cloning), proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, ability to design, write, and execute experimental protocols, scientific writing

Preferred skills: Ability to conduct statistical analysis of results

Field: Pathology/Microbiology

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.


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