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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Infectious Diseases - 51842
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 05/12/2021
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 Infectious Diseases.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

A Ph.D. level position is available in the Mitreva Lab (https://mitrevalab.wustl.edu ) at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine and McDonnell Genome Institute and Washington University School of Medicine. The candidate will be part of an established and successful research group focused on integrating ‘multi-omics’ approaches aimed at understanding infectious diseases at a systems biology level. The position requires working collaboratively with a team of experimental and computational biologists focused on integrating multidimensional biological data to specifically better understand pathogen biology, ecology, host-pathogen interaction, epidemiology, transmission etc.

The candidate will work on project(s) that focus on development of anthelminthics and generating transgenic organisms. This will be achieved by identifying and characterizing drug targets and drugs with potential to be developed as anthelminthics against parasitic nematodes. The candidate will be responsible for leading and carrying out these innovative projects that involve establishing phenotypic screening assays, biochemical assays, assay development and optimization, CRISPR-Cas9, mammalian cell culture, animal models for helminth infections. The candidate will have opportunities to travel and to present at national and international conferences.

Publications reflecting the research portfolio of Mitreva Lab: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=search&term=mitreva+m+or+mitreva-dautova+m .

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

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (Ph.D.) in molecular biology, genetics, microbiology or a related field.
  • Solid background in molecular biology/genetics techniques and biostatistics.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to be outstanding in drive, eagerness, and scientific imagination, as well as organized and self-motivated.
  • Experience in molecular biology (DNA, RNA isolation, generation of plasmid construct).
  • Experience in genetics (gene disruption, gene replacement, transgenesis/genetic screens, CRISPR/cas).
  • Experience in microbiology (plasmid/bacterial transfections, cell culture).
  • Experience working with animal models.
  • Proficient in programming languages (MATLAB, C#, and R), programs useful for high-throughput analysis (e.g. cytoscape), databases (MySQL, Oracle), Perl scripting language.
  • Comfortable working on UNIX/Linux platform. 

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

Washington University School of Medicine (https://medicine.wustl.edu ) is one of the two main campuses of Washington University in St. Louis (https://wustl.edu ) , a private research university founded in 1853. McDonnell Genome Institute (http://genome.wustl.edu/ ) has been at the forefront of genome research since its inception in 1993. We are a world-leader in genomics research as it applies to the study of model organisms and human biology, infections, genetic diseases and the field of personalized medicine. We provide a value-added biologically and clinically-relevant sequence analysis, and foster public understanding of science through various educational and outreach efforts.


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

Interested candidates should email their cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of their research, one key first author publication and contact information for three recent references to: mmitreva@wustl.edu .

Makedonka Mitreva, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and of Genetics
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Clinical Genomics of Microbial Systems
Washington University School of Medicine

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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