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Postdoctoral Associate (Job Id: 42590)
University of Louisville in ,
Date Posted 12/19/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job ID: 42590

Location: Pharmacology

Minimum Qualifications

PhD, MD or DVM and 0 to 3 years of related experience are required.  The university offers market competitive salary and benefits. Grade EE Salary Minimum $47,476

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with cell culture of a diverse array of cell types and species
  • Established record of scientific publications and conference presentations
  • Evidence of leadership experience   


  • Project Management - organized, task oriented, ability to delegate and follow up.
  • Proactive - anticipates and plans for problems before they arise.
  • Analytical- evaluating data and other information with the ability to choose the best solution and make recommendations. Thorough knowledge of professional expectations and practices in environmental and genetic toxicology research environments and the ability to convey high standards and expectations to other laboratory personnel.
  • Flexible - ability to change directions as needed for the good of the research or laboratory.
  • Communication - Able to communicate, teach and listen to enforce high expectations and professional standards while interacting in a professional and typically collegial manner with internal and external contacts.
  • Organized - manages time effectively, keeps tasks appropriately prioritized.
  • Critical Thinking - ability to think through issues and identify appropriate options.
  • Work Ethic - motivated, diligent, industrious and persistent in the workplace, stays on tasks to completion, works at a fast pace to ensure optimal efficiency.
  • Interpersonal - can build effective, strong working relationships with employees, colleagues, management and vendors through trust, communication, and credibility.
  • Teamwork - Able to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and with widely varying levels of technical experience in ways that foster a climate of tolerance and respect while insisting upon scientific rigor and integrity. Ability to work with others, serve others, help others, lead others, mentor others, take directions from others in the interest of moving process and programs forward to the desired outcome.
  •   Position Description

    This Postdoctoral Position is be expected to conduct high level research in the areas of One Environmental Health and Molecular Environmental Toxicology, which includes combining cell culture, molecular biology, biochemistry, animal models of human disease and human samples. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be working under the guidance of Dr. John Pierce Wise, Sr. The laboratory studies how metals induce structural and numerical chromosome instability as a driving mechanism in cancer using human lung fibroblast, epithelial and induced pluripotent stem cell models. Understanding of these mechanisms is enhanced and deepened with a One Environmental Health approach, which leverages the ability of wildlife to resist metal-induced chromosome instability. The impact of the mechanistic findings is maximized by translating outcomes into animals and into a powerful and unique collection of human subjects and populations. The Postdoctoral Fellow's primary role is to drive scientific progress investigating mechanisms in these different systems working in the laboratory and in the field with wildlife.     Applicant must be a self-motivated individual that can not only conduct guided experimentation, but also extend and expand current avenues of investigation.  Applicant will also be expected to analyze and present the data generated from their work at various venues, including lab meetings and national/international conferences.  Applicant must have no more than two years of postdoctoral experience. Further, intellectual contribution to the advancement of the research project is a must. In addition, the applicant will be expected to spend 15% of their time writing and editing grant applications.  The role of the applicant in the grant writing duty will be to both submit applications as the PI and also as a Co-I. Therefore, the applicant must find grant opportunities for which they are eligible to apply.  In addition the applicant will be required to be able to mentor students and interns in the laboratory.     The Postdoctoral Fellow: 1) Manages and carries out research assignments for multifaceted research projects in cooperation with the principal investigator and performs or facilitates the performance of independent, complex and sophisticated laboratory experiments. 2) Designs, develops, and modifies scientific/laboratory protocols and procedures. 3) Oversees the use and availability of equipment, supplies, and specialized work areas. 4) Drafts written reports for inclusion in grant proposals, and participates in planning and preparation of new grant applications. 5) Drafts papers or portions of papers for publication. 6) Communicates regularly with the Principal Investigator and shares management regarding critical activities of laboratory personnel including experimental record keeping, rigorous and safe laboratory practices, and quality and accuracy of oral and written scientific presentations of laboratory staff.  7) Collaborates with principal investigators in the research and administrative responsibilities associated with collaborative scientific projects.  8) In collaboration with the principal investigator, helps to make the laboratory a professional and generally collegial, safe, and productive work environment.      II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform experimental research in the field of molecular environmental toxicology. This effort will include, but is not limited to cell culture, protein biochemistry, molecular biology techniques and animal experiments. It will also include investigating, analyzing and evaluating alternative scientific techniques and adapting methods appropriately for addressing new experimental questions and implementing these new protocols and methodologies in the laboratory, and in the fieldwork.  
  • Provide in-field support for field expeditions to assist collect samples from wild animals. 
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data, read the pertinent literature, and design and perform experiments after consultation with Dr. Wise, Sr.
  • Present research outcomes as seminars, manuscripts, oral presentations or poster presentations.
  • Report to Dr. Wise, Sr. frequently on status of research, educational, and lab management activities and offer perspectives freely that may contribute to the success, safety, and scientific rigor of experimental results and the professional development of all laboratory personnel.
  • Actively and constructively work collaboratively with members of the laboratory and collaboration partners in the collection of samples, conduct of research, preparation, writing and editing of grant proposals and materials for publication and presentation. 
  • Assist in fostering a collaborative laboratory environment of shared training responsibility, scientific integrity, and intellectual independence and maturity.  
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at employment@louisville.edu or 502.852.6258.

    How To Apply -Staff Positions

    To apply for this position, follow the "Online App. Form" link below and then click on the "Apply Now". You must answer all required fields and submit your application by clicking the "Submit" button.  Detailed instructions are available at louisville.edu/jobs in the "My Career Tools" section.  Vacancies are routinely removed from the jobs portal around 7:00PM each Monday.


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    Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 1980 Arthur Street - Louisville, Kentucky 40208. For more information, please contact us by email at employment@louisville.edu or by phone 502-852-6258.

    If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, you may schedule an appointment at (502) 852-6258 with Employment Services at the Human Resources office located at 1980 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208.

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