Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cardiology - 41714 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

Position Summary: Opportunity in lysosomal biology and cardiac myocyte proteostasis

The Diwan Lab is seeking an insightful and ambitious postdoctoral researcher to work on the role of Iysosomes and cellular proteostasis on cardiac myocyte contractile function. Our work has been on the forefront of cardiac lysosome biology. A new focus of our lab is to study the relationship of the intracellular renewal mechanisms centered on the lysosome and the cardiac myocyte contractile machinery. Using a combination of in vivo, in vitro and imaging studies, we are looking for a scientist looking to join our quest.

Recognizing that science is a journey along planned and unplanned discoveries, our position for a postdoctoral researcher will create opportunities to work with novel sarcomere studies, pluripotent stem cells, animal models of cardiomyopathy as well as potential to develop independent projects. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.


Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor including (but not limited to):

  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  2. Develops expertise in induced pluripotent stem cell modeling, state of the art microscopy and isolated mammalian cardiac myocytes studies.
  3. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  4. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills.
  5. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  6. Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills.
  7. Designs research experiments.
  8. Evaluates research findings and reports results.
  9. Conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities.
  10. Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  11. Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  12. Engage in open and timely discussion with his/her 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.
  13. Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  14. Adherence 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

The ideal candidate have an MD or PhD and strong skills in molecular and cell biology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with animal models (particularly rodent models) as well as cell culture preferred.
  • Additional skills in proteomics as well as genomics and a grasp of literature review are desirable.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

  • Applicants should send a cover letter including a description of career goals, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3 references to: Dr. Abhinav Diwan (adiwan@wustl.edu).

  • 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: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cardiology - 41714

Job ID: 41714

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular