Post Doctoral Research Assistant - Physics

Saint Louis University

Job Description

Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

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Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Job description

A postdoctoral research assistant position is available immediately in the lab of Alipour in the Department of Physics, Saint Louis University. Candidates with experience in biophysics, mechanobiology, and membrane proteins are encouraged to apply. Past experiences with flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, and live imaging are required. Experiences in micropipette aspiration technique, flow chambers and microfluidic devices, Western blotting and real-time PCR are preferred but not required.

The Alipour lab combines biophysics, mechanobiology, structural biology, and genetics to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying cancer cells’ rheological properties. Our physics of cancer research is focused on cell migration, cell invasion, cell adhesion, force transmission, and the analysis of cellular mechanical properties that regulate cellular behavior. The candidate is expected to publish high-impact papers as a lead author and apply for academic faculty positions or leadership positions in industry after receiving this training. Applicants who are interested in this position should either apply through Saint Louis University website or directly contact including a cover letter, a C.V./resume, and two reference letters from previous advisors.

Please apply by April 1, 2023, as applications will be reviewed at that time.

The ideal start date for this role will be approximately mid-May to early June.

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.

• Develops expertise in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy.

• Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, 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 papers on research with excellent writing skills.

• Designs research experiments.

• Evaluates research findings and reports results.

• Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.

• Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.

• Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.

• 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.

• Engages in collegial and collaborative conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.

• Adheres to all applicable university policies, procedures and regulations.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or an equivalent terminal or doctoral degree in biophysics, biomedical engineering, molecular biology, cancer cell biology or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

• Curious about learning new methodologies and developing new tools.

• Experience with protein purification, data analysis, and basic programming.

• Interested in a quantitative understanding of protein conformations and dynamics in their connection to function and dysfunction.

• Previous expertise in protein folding and binding, cancer disease, or single-molecule spectroscopy.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Vaccine Protocol

Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University's vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee's start date will result in termination of the employment. Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks.


Medical Research Primary Appointment 12 mo.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

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