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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Orthopaedic Surgery - 50329
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 01/26/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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 Orthopaedic Surgery.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

The Tang Lab in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University has a position for a motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on experimental bone biomechanics. The candidate will also be expected to becoming an expert in microCT imaging, analytical protein assays, and modeling of skeletal tissues. The successful candidate will join a dynamic research group with a comprehensive research portfolio across preclinical and clinical models that span investigations in bone, the intervertebral disc, and musculoskeletal pain. The position is part of an academic-industry collaboration with opportunities to interface with translation and commercialization processes with federal agencies. The fellowship is for a period up to three years, renewable annually with satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary orthopaedic research laboratory with the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (http://musculoskeletalcore.wustl.edu/ ) [NIAMS P30 AR074992]. 

The successful candidate will have access to mentoring and facility resources located in both the Washington University School of Medicine and the Washington University School of Engineering.  Washington University in St. Louis is located in the cultural center of St. Louis , surrounded by and adjacent to museums, performance venues, vibrant entertainment and dining districts, one of the nation’s largest civic parks, and beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods rich in history and diversity.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in a relevant field of physical sciences or engineering.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a documented record in the above areas.
  • Ideal candidate would have substantial experience in orthopedic biomechanics or solid mechanics. 

Salary Range

Base pay 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.

Department Summary

Whether suffering from a sports injury, hip pain, back pain or any musculoskeletal condition, Washington University Orthopedics provides a full complement of comprehensive orthopedic services to meet the needs of every patient. Combining the best in both inpatient treatment and outpatient care and rehabilitation, the practice is nationally recognized for outstanding orthopedic care, innovative research and advanced professional training. It is ranked among the best orthopedic practices and holds the distinction of being listed on the Honor Roll by U.S. News & World Report. The practice is considered an innovator in both conservative orthopedic care and minimally invasive microsurgical techniques. Affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University Orthopedics has the unique ability to offer inpatient treatment for the most challenging cases within a top-tier academic medical center as well as outpatient surgery and care across the St. Louis region in Chesterfield, Town & Country, South County and the Central West End. The practice offers expertise in ten orthopedic subspecialties – foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and knee, cancer, pediatric and adolescent orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), shoulder and elbow, spine (including scoliosis), sports medicine and fracture care/trauma. The orthopedic specialists are dedicated to providing safe, compassionate and family-centered care for both simple and complex orthopedic conditions. Because of the skill and experience of the doctors and staff, it is the official medical provider for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, Washington University varsity athletics and several local school athletic teams. Washington University Orthopedics brings world-class care to patients from all ages and walks of life in St. Louis and the surrounding communities.


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

Applicants should apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to:

Simon Tang, Ph.D., MSCI
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Biomedical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Washington University School of Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue
BJC Institute of Health Bldg., 11th Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
Email: simon.tang@wustl.edu
Twitter: @simonytanglab

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.

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