The Patterson lab is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to lead studies related to one or more of our exciting research areas in heart regeneration, development, and somatic cell polyploidization. Potential projects could include lineage tracing with a novel mouse model, forward genetic and systems biology approaches utilizing a unique genetic resource available at MCW, or examination of a candidate gene. Lots of opportunities to expand existing ideas or bring your own. The position is fully funded, however there are several opportunities to pursue your own funding if you wish.
The Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy is vibrant with young faculty and many students and postdocs. CBNA has multiple programs in place to support career development and the transition from postdoc to faculty or other scientific careers. The Patterson Lab is also a member of a highly collaborative group studying cardiac development and regeneration, which participates in weekly meetings and journal clubs. Further support comes from the highly interactive Cardiovascular Center.
Knowledge – Skills – Abilities
- Independently design and execute complex experiments relevant to designated research project.
- Troubleshoot and adapt common molecular biology techniques (such as immunostainings, cloning, microscopy, etc.) to fit the needs of the project. Develop new creative methodologies when necessary.
- Maintain an organized and up-to-date laboratory notebook, complete with methodologies, data, and interpretation of results.
- Teach and guide technicians and graduate students to perform various standard techniques, and mentor them on experimental design and data interpretation.
- Participate in collaborations and communications with principal investigators and fellow scientists where new methodologies and expertise are needed for project.
- Participate in regular lab meetings with principal investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, evaluate lab procedures.
- Interact and participate in departmental meetings, including relevant seminars and journal clubs.
- Animal (primarily rodent) handling, including genotyping, colony maintenance, surgeries, dissections, etc.
- Primary cell culture
- Fluorescence and confocal microscopy
Candidates should have a PhD in biomedical sciences, however we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds to bring new perspectives. Successful applicants should be highly self-motivated, have strong scientific communication skills, scientific integrity, strong data management and organizational skills, and the ability to think and work independently. Evidence of a past project success is a must. In addition, candidates must have previous laboratory experience including sound experimental design, standard molecular biology techniques, data management, and the ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. Experience with animal husbandry and genotyping are beneficial, but not required. Personal comfort handling rodents is necessary.
Minimum Required Education: PhD
Preferred Education: Biomedical Sciences, cell and developmental biology
Preferred Experience: Progressive knowledge and skill development
- Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
- 403B Retirement Package
- Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Paid Parental Leave
- On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
- Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc.
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