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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Orthopaedic Surgery - 49453 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”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

This position seeks to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammatory osteolysis and metabolic regulation of skeletal/joint homeostasis and pathology. The approaches include the development and use of genetically engineered mice as disease models of inflammatory bone lysis and joint diseases to mimic human bone and joint pathologies.

The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator to outline research goals, review relevant literature, design research protocols independently based on methods in the literature related to research project, including developing procedures for the data collection, verification and management of project. The candidate will also present data at meetings, and assists with grant preparation and publication of results. The candidate will participate in routine daily functions of the laboratory as a team player.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) with basic experience in research lab operations and relevant training in cell and molecular biology, preferably related to immunology, inflammation and bone.
  • Highly motivated, organized, reliable, and career-driven.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in a research laboratory setting, to work independently and communicate effectively.
  • Troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records.
  • Working knowledge of standard computer software and general lab equipment.
  • Excellent skills in cell cultures.
  • Basic knowledge on mouse genetics.
  • Ability to handle mice.
  • Strong molecular biology skills (cloning, mutagenesis, transcriptional analysis, perform mouse genotyping, isolation of mRNA and analysis, plasmid and retrovirus preparation and gene transfer) and protein analyses (Western blot, FACS, IHC/IF and ELISA).
  • Advanced protein chemistry and molecular biology, microscopy, and flow cytometry.
  • Computer literacy, including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.

Department Summary

Whether suffering from a sports injury, hip pain, back pain or any musculoskeletal condition, Washington University Orthopedics provides a full complement of comprehensive orthopedic services to meet the needs of every patient. Combining the best in both inpatient treatment and outpatient care and rehabilitation, the practice is nationally recognized for outstanding orthopedic care, innovative research and advanced professional training. It is ranked among the best orthopedic practices and holds the distinction of being listed on the Honor Roll by U.S. News & World Report. The practice is considered an innovator in both conservative orthopedic care and minimally invasive microsurgical techniques. Affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University Orthopedics has the unique ability to offer inpatient treatment for the most challenging cases within a top-tier academic medical center as well as outpatient surgery and care across the St. Louis region in Chesterfield, Town & Country, South County and the Central West End. The practice offers expertise in ten orthopedic subspecialties – foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and knee, cancer, pediatric and adolescent orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), shoulder and elbow, spine (including scoliosis), sports medicine and fracture care/trauma. The orthopedic specialists are dedicated to providing safe, compassionate and family-centered care for both simple and complex orthopedic conditions. Because of the skill and experience of the doctors and staff, it is the official medical provider for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, Washington University varsity athletics and several local school athletic teams. Washington University Orthopedics brings world-class care to patients from all ages and walks of life in St. Louis and the surrounding communities.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

Materials needed to send:CV and three references

Contact Name: Yousef Abu-Amer, Ph.D.

Email Address: abuamery@wustl.edu

Phone: 314-362-0335


Mailing Address:

Washington University Orthopaedics 425 South Euclid Ave St. Louis, MO 63110

BJC - Institute Of Health-11627 Campus Box 8233 St. Louis, Missouri, 63110


Link to Websites: http://www.orthoresearch.wustl.edu/content/Laboratories/2957/Yousef-Abu-Amer/Abu-Amer-Lab/Overview.aspx; postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs

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 - Orthopaedic Surgery - 49453

Job ID: 49453

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular