Postdoctoral Research Associate - Oncology | Washington University in St. Louis - Military Veterans
at Herc - Missouri
Job Description Position Summary The Verma Lab in the Division of Oncology at the School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate interested in studying the cause and consequences of DNA damage in cancers. Several projects are available based on the relevant expertise and interest of the candidate, these include: Elucidating the impact of defective checkpoint signaling on DNA replication. Investigation of biochemical alterations in DNA in BRCA-mutant cancers. Deciphering the mechanistic basis of mutational signatures in cancer genomes. Details of our projects and publications are listed here: www.vermalab.org/ . The lab is committed to the professional development of the candidate. Our lab is a core member of the Center of Genome Integrity (CGI) at the Washington University, which integrates several leading experts in the field of DNA repair. Additionally, the diverse research expertise and strong clinical environment at the medical campus provides a unique opportunity to steer projects in several directions. Candidate will develop strong skills in several molecular and cell biology tools including advanced CRISPR genetic screening and editing, high resolution mass spectrometry and various high-end imaging and flow cytometry platforms. Candidate will also further their skills in manuscript and grant writing, oral presentations as well as mentoring undergraduates and graduate students. The vibrant and collegial scientific atmosphere at Washington University will also be a catalyst for professional growth. 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. Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/ . Primary Duties and Responsibilities Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor including (but not limited to): Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication. Develops expertise in molecular biology, mammalian cell biology and CRISPR based genetic screens. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the university with excellent oral communication skills. Assists with grant preparation and reporting. Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills. Designs research experiments. Evaluates research findings and reports results. Conscientious discharge of research responsibilities. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records. Engages in open and timely discussion with 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. Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group. Adheres 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 Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. Strong ability to grasp concepts of molecular biology and mechanistic cell biology. Enthusiasm to do innovative science. Good communication and organizational skills. Preferred Qualifications Experience in functional genomics, computational biology or mouse genetics. Working Conditions 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. Salary Range Base pay is commensurate with experience. External Applicant Instructions When you are ready to apply, creating an account only takes a minute. Your account creates a candidate home page which we will use to communicate with you and allows you to apply for jobs and view your application statuses. The first page of the application offers two Quick Apply? options. Quick Apply allows you to either use a previous application or create a new application using a resume to populate the work experience and education sections of your job application. If using a resume to populate your application, check to ensure the application fields populated accurately. You may skip the Quick Apply? page by clicking Next? at the bottom of the page. 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Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits. EEO/AA Statement Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the Universitys policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Diversity Statement Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.