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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics - 50697
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 02/23/2021
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 Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions Open in the Garcia Lab (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics).

Area of expertise needed for this position include mass spectrometry, analytical chemistry, proteomics and/or chromatin biology.

The Garcia Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on projects related to understanding the role of histone modifications in cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders. The Garcia Lab utilizes high-resolution mass spectrometry to explore cellular signaling, epigenetic mechanisms and chromatin regulation.  We are especially interested in understanding how protein and nucleic acid modifications mediate their canonical functions and regulate nuclear processes.

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to work with multiple team members, collaborators from multiple institutions and utilize state of the art mass spectrometry instrumentation. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups.  Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .


Train under the supervision of a faculty mentor, including (but not limited to):

  • Manage their own project, which should lead to a first author publications, and may train or mentor other younger scientists.
  • Develop expertise in quantitative proteomics, especially for quantifying modified proteins and proteomes.
  • Have an interest in learning cell biology, biochemistry and genomics experiments to complement work in the mass spectrometry based proteomics area.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and operational of mass spectrometry instrumentation and other related equipment.
  • Develop proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  • Present scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  • Assist with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Prepare and submit papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  • Design research experiments, data interpretation and statistical analyses.
  • Evaluate research findings and reports results.
  • Maintain conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  • Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records and efforts to maintain general lab health and growth.
  • Engage 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.
  • Maintain collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  • Adhere to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations.  All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

  • Required Qualifications

    Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, chemistry or a related discipline with ample experience operating and maintaining high-resolution mass spectrometry and related instrumentation.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.

    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.


    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

    Please submit a cover letter and CV to Casey Critchlow at ccritchlow@wustl.edu .

    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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