Washington University of St. Louis Developmental Biology in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This opportunity is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Hours are generally normal business hours but may vary due to the timing for experiments and other research activity deadlines.

Department Name/Job Location

This opportunity is in the Department of Developmental Biology and located on the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

Opportunity Summary:

There is an opportunity available in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Johnson, which is focused on characterizing the mechanisms that direct muscle development and function. Ongoing projects use a variety of in vivo and in vitro models to identify the pathways that direct cardiac and skeletal myogenesis.

The primary focus of the work includes (but is not limited to):

  1. Functional characterization of the FGF pathway in the context of muscle development and regeneration using Drosophila, mice, and cell culture systems.
  2. Using human ES cells to model skeletal muscle disease.
  3. Extending preliminary work on the role of the Hippo kinase cassette in regulating cardiac cell fate specification and cardiac morphology.
  4. Initiating large-scale genetic screens to identify novel regulators of skeletal muscle morphogenesis.

Required Qualifications

Candidates with extensive experience in cell, molecular, or developmental biology that hold at least a bachelor's degree are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in molecular biology including PCR, qPCR, cloning, and immunoblotting.
  • Experience in animal husbandry OR extensive expertise with cell culture.
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry and microscopy.
  • Solid computer skills for data processing including Excel, Creative Suite, and Image J. Previous experience generating figures is a big plus.

Salary Range

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

  • Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.
  • Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.
  • Must be able to provide standard care to research animals.

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.

Job Title: Research Opportunities - Developmental Biology - 41736

Job ID: 41736

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular