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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ob/Gyn - 51655
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 04/20/2021
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 Ob/Gyn.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Celia Santi’s laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The Santi lab studies the molecular mechanisms involved in sperm capacitation, in both mice and humans. We are especially interested in how changes in sperm electrical activity and ion channel function affect the sperm fertility capacity. We also are interested in developing new methods to assess the ability of sperm to capacitate and fertilize an oocyte, and in developing novel contraceptive drugs. The lab has recently been focused on studying the electrical properties of sperm precursors: the spermatogenic cells. We use a combination of different techniques: molecular biology, protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, genetics and flow cytometry.

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

Required Qualifications

  • Recent Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. degree (or candidate) in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular, cell and developmental biology or reproductive biology.
  • Background in protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, use of membrane potential or pH- sensitive dyes, flow cytometry and/or experience with mice/human gametes and embryos. 
  • Experience with designing, analyzing, and interpreting experimental data.
  • Experience with reading and understanding scientific papers and applying these concepts to experimental design.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Clear interest in the molecular mechanisms involved in sperm capacitation are strongly preferred.
  • Strong background in cell and molecular biology, protein biochemistry, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, genetics and flow cytometry are encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to write manuscripts and contribute to grant applications.

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

To apply, please send a single PDF file to santic@wustl.edu which should include:

  • Statement of research interests and career goals.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of three references.

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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