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Washington University of St. Louis Staff Scientist - Pathology & Immunology - Neuropathology - 48958 in St. Louis, Missouri

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 Pathology and Immunology, Division of Neuropathology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The present opening is for a highly motivated individual with extensive experience in experimental biomedical sciences to work at the interface of genomics and neurobiology studying the development and diseases of the visual system in fish, bird and mammalian models. The ideal candidate will have strong wet-bench skills in cell and molecular biology, experience with animal work (e.g., zebrafish and/or mice), and experience in the bioinformatic analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets. The lab is an exciting, fast-paced research environment with a team of fun and highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs. As part of this work, you will have the opportunity to participate in both national and international collaborations and to contribute to high-impact papers. The position assists in developing and conducting research projects, including experimental design, data analysis and documentation of experimental results.


  1. Following instructions and discussions with the principal investigator, designs research protocols, including developing procedures for the collection, verification and management of data.
  2. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  3. Performs complex 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. This includes participating in the preparation of figures and writing of text.
  5. Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects. Suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing methods. Assists with maintaining supply of lab reagents.
  6. Conducts literature searches related to research project and explores new experimental research avenues as outlined in discussion with the principal investigator.

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

  • Broad skills in cell and molecular biology, cell culture, histology and microscopy, and animal care (zebrafish and/or mice) are highly desired.
  • Additional expertise in bioinformatics, especially the analysis of large next-generation sequencing datasets (RNA-seq and ATAC-seq), will be considered a plus.
  • 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.


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 - Pathology & Immunology - Neuropathology - 48958

Job ID: 48958

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular