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Postdoctoral Fellow

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri (US)
Consistent with NIH guidelines
Closing date
Jul 18, 2022

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Genomics, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type
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Our NIH-funded laboratory is seeking an enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow in the pathogenesis of viral infection and the cytokine storm syndrome. Laboratory studies are focused on development of novel methods for in vivo gene discovery at the interface of infected respiratory epithelial cells and alveolar macrophages. Techniques include cloning and molecular biology, viral vector production, biochemistry, cell/tissue culture, fluorescence and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, pooled CRISPR screening, transcriptomics, and mouse models of infection. Experience in one or more of these techniques and areas is strongly preferred.

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Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Designs and conducts biomedical research experiments, including standard laboratory and molecular biology techniques, work with pathogenic viruses, and animal models of viral infection. 
  • Independently evaluates own research findings and communicates these to the laboratory team, PI, and collaborators. 
  • Prepares and delivers oral research presentations.
  • Prepares and submits research manuscripts to appropriate biomedical journals. 
  • Provides guidance to graduate students and other junior trainees regarding their experiments and data interpretation. 
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research, including rules governing human subjects research and animal care and use.
  • Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  • Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. 

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or an equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, design and conduct research, accurately and completely record findings, communicate results in oral and written forms, and generate manuscripts for publication. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. 
  • Additional software and computer experience (e.g., Prism, imaging software, Photoshop, Linux, R, and/or bioinformatics tools) is desirable. 


Working Conditions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to BSL2 and BSL3 infectious agents, blood, and chemical hazards.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should send a cover letter/email, CV, and representative publications to Dr. Orvedahl at 

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 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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