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Washington University of St. Louis Staff Scientist - Bone and Mineral Diseases - 49311 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time, 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 position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases and located on the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


This position assists in developing and conducting research projects, including experimental design and execution, data analysis and documentation of experimental results.


  1. Following instructions and discussions with principal investigator, designs research protocols, and performs cellular and molecular biology experiments.
  2. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  3. Performs complex statistical analysis of data collected and writes interpretative reports. Verifies the correctness of the data submitted and makes recommendations based on these analyses.
  4. Documents research topics and prepares and submits papers based on research work to publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
  5. Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment. Suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing methods.
  6. Conducts literature searches related to research project.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree with four years of experience in research lab operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling nine years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent).
  • Experience with techniques in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and vertebrate animal models.
  • Experience studying genetically engineered animal models, cell culture, cancer biology, genetics, and large-scale sequencing.
  • Familiar or proficient with experimental approaches described above.
  • Ability to carry out cell culture experiments; handle, monitor, and breed mice; and competence performing small animal procedures, tissue processing, immunostaining, and microscopy.
  • Ability to work independently and have troubleshooting skills, with critical, analytical, and creative thinking.
  • Good documentation and organized record keeping.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner.
  • Computer literacy, including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $46,779 - $63,170 annually.

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

The Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine is part of a dynamic multidisciplinary community of researchers dedicated to the study of local and systemic diseases affecting bone metabolism. In early 2012, the Division moved to a new space in the BJCIH as part of a Center for Musculoskeletal Research.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and 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: Staff Scientist - Bone and Mineral Diseases - 49311

Job ID: 49311

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular