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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Endocrinology, Metabolism, & Lipid Research - 49540 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 Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipid Research. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Hughes Laboratory at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (https://sites.wustl.edu/hughes/) to study primary cilia in islet beta cells. The laboratory combines standard molecular and cell biology with advanced imaging techniques to explore novel roles of cilia in mouse and human islets. For animal studies, we have generated new cilia knockout mouse models with strong diabetic phenotypes and are looking for someone to lead the investigation of cilia-mediated signaling mechanisms in islet hormone secretion. For human studies, we have a funded project to image primary cilia in T1D pancreas which will be an open-ended study that will generate clinically relevant findings.

We provide an outstanding laboratory environment, friendly colleagues and supportive staff. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to work with the broad Diabetes and Cilia Research communities at Washington University School of Medicine. Our lab has established collaborations within the Departments of Medicine and Cell Biology & Physiology, Diabetes Research Center, Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI), and the Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases (CIMED). In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers are available on campus (https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs/).

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in the biological sciences with working knowledge of diabetes and metabolism.
  • Published as first-author in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in islet isolation, adeno- or lentiviral transduction, confocal or 2-photon microscopy.
  • Willingness to learn bioinformatics for transcriptomic studies.
  • Good interpersonal skills and willingness to mentor students and technicians.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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.


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

Qualified candidates are invited to contact Dr. Hughes (jing.hughes@wustl.edu) with a CV and the names of three references.

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 - Endocrinology, Metabolism, & Lipid Research - 49540

Job ID: 49540

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular