Postdoctoral Fellow

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
Salary commensurate with experience and NIH standards, plus benefits
December 21 2016
Position Type
Full Time

Skeletal Biology Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in Dr. Ling Qin’s laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Radiotherapy is a common cancer treatment but has significant side effects on the skeleton within the radiation field, leading to osteoporosis and fractures. The aims of this project are to understand the mechanism of focal radiation damage on the bone matrix and cells, and to investigate novel treatments to prevent radiation-induced osteoporosis using animal models. This NIH-funded research laboratory seeks to combine studies on fundamental mechanisms of cell function with translational medicine approaches to treat skeletal diseases. We use a combination of molecular, biochemical and imaging techniques in cell and animal models to explore the molecular mechanisms by which hormones and growth factors regulate bone and cartilage metabolism and skeletal development under normal and pathological conditions. For more information about the Qin group and the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, a dynamic and collaborative research environment, please visit

The candidate must be self-motivated and have a strong background in standard molecular and biological techniques, cell culture, and animal models. Previous experience in skeletal biology is preferred but not required. The position requires the ability to lead projects and work cooperatively with others, carry out and troubleshoot experiments, and assist in grant and manuscript writing.

Please email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to: Ling Qin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, 424A Stemmler Hall, 36th Street and Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104,

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