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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biomedical Engineering
University of Washington in Washington,
 
 
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Date Posted 03/23/2022
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Description

Position Summary

Postdoctoral Research (Scholar or Associate) Position Open in the Setton Lab (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Danforth Campus).

Area of expertise: Chemistry, chemical engineering, hydrogel design, cell biology, cell culture, musculoskeletal pathology.

A postdoctoral position is available immediately for applicants interested in injectable hydrogel synthesis or biocompatible design of hydrogels for cell-mediated repair. The goals of this project are to develop injectable and cell-compatible hydrogels for delivery to defect sites in degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, and to study related interaction between host and donor cells. Project work will involve tissue characterization, including protein and RNA responses of cells to hydrogel materials. The individual will have the opportunity to design their own project and work as part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, materials scientists, and clinicians.

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Trains under the supervision of Professors Setton and Huebsch, including (but not limited to):

  • Manages their own project, which is expected to yield one or more publications, including conference abstract proceedings.
  • Develops expertise in hydrogel design to support cell encapsulation and cellular activity.
  • Supports or leads in vivo evaluation of novel biomaterials and cell repair, including animal work, surgery, and breeding.
  • Pursues studies that evaluate outcomes of cell-hydrogel interactions including microscopy, immunostaining, biochemical assays, live cell imaging.
  • Mentors doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students engaged in independent research activities.
  • 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, and contributes to laboratory organization, including meeting planning.
  • Designs research experiments, evaluates research findings and reports results.
  • Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Maintain compliances 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. degree in biology, chemistry, chemical or biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to work with a multidisciplinary research team.

Preferred Qualifications

Self-motivated, independent, and possess training in areas of hydrogel synthesis and characterization, cell biology, cell culture, materials science or musculoskeletal pathology.

Working Conditions

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.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae to Dr. Setton: setton@wustl.edu .


Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.


Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.


EEO/AA Statement
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

Job Description

Position Summary

Postdoctoral Research (Scholar or Associate) Position Open in the Setton Lab (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Danforth Campus).

Area of expertise: Chemistry, chemical engineering, hydrogel design, cell biology, cell culture, musculoskeletal pathology.

A postdoctoral position is available immediately for applicants interested in injectable hydrogel synthesis or biocompatible design of hydrogels for cell-mediated repair. The goals of this project are to develop injectable and cell-compatible hydrogels for delivery to defect sites in degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, and to study related interaction between host and donor cells. Project work will involve tissue characterization, including protein and RNA responses of cells to hydrogel materials. The individual will have the opportunity to design their own project and work as part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, biologists, materials scientists, and clinicians.

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Trains under the supervision of Professors Setton and Huebsch, including (but not limited to):

  • Manages their own project, which is expected to yield one or more publications, including conference abstract proceedings.
  • Develops expertise in hydrogel design to support cell encapsulation and cellular activity.
  • Supports or leads in vivo evaluation of novel biomaterials and cell repair, including animal work, surgery, and breeding.
  • Pursues studies that evaluate outcomes of cell-hydrogel interactions including microscopy, immunostaining, biochemical assays, live cell imaging.
  • Mentors doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students engaged in independent research activities.
  • 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, and contributes to laboratory organization, including meeting planning.
  • Designs research experiments, evaluates research findings and reports results.
  • Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Maintain compliances 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. degree in biology, chemistry, chemical or biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to work with a multidisciplinary research team.

Preferred Qualifications

Self-motivated, independent, and possess training in areas of hydrogel synthesis and characterization, cell biology, cell culture, materials science or musculoskeletal pathology.

Working Conditions

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.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae to Dr. Setton: setton@wustl.edu .


Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.


Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.


EEO/AA Statement
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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