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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Pulmonary & Critical Care - 50963
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 03/13/2021
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 Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The Kulkarni Lab is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on spatiotemporal heterogeneity of lung injury. The lab focuses on addressing how innate immune proteins can be harnessed to modulate the severity of lung injury occurring in the setting of infectious (e.g. pneumonia) and sterile (e.g. ischemia-reperfusion injury) etiologies. For further details, please visit the lab website at https://sites.wustl.edu/kulkarnilab/ .

The project for the advertised position involves working in a multidisciplinary setting with basic scientists and physicians to investigate the spatiotemporal changes associated with lung transplantation in both human specimens and experimental animal models utilizing multiplex imaging and spatial transcriptomics, and in vitro model systems utilizing live cell imaging.

The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Thoracic Immunobiology Laboratory in the Department of Surgery, where experimental models of lung transplantation are performed. 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. Participation in weekly seminars in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, and the Department of Pathology and Immunology are encouraged. Formal training opportunities are available through the Institute for Informatics (https://informatics.wustl.edu/ ) and the Clinical Research Training Center (https://crtc.wustl.edu/ ) .

Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .


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 live cell imaging and assessing spatial heterogeneity of lung tissue involvement using histological sections and non-invasive imaging of animal models and human specimens.
  • 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.
  • Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  • Adheres 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. and/or M.D. degree.
    • Background in immunology, cell biology or molecular biology.
    • Prior experience in systems biology, bioinformatics and quantitative imaging are encouraged to apply.
    • For consideration as a postdoctoral trainee on the T32 training grant, candidates must have a M.D., Ph.D., or comparable degree, US citizenship or permanent residency, and less than three years of NRSA support.

    Salary Range

    Base pay commensurate with experience/PGY level.

    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 send a CV and a letter of interest, along with at least two independent references to hkulkarn@wustl.edu .


    This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards.  The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

    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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