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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Nephrology - 50614 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 Nephrology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Acute kidney injury causes high mortality via its secondary organ effects. The postdoctoral fellow will study interorgan crosstalk, in particular of kidney-heart-lung, using organ injury models in mice. They will use state-of-the-art technologies, such as single cell/single nucleus RNAseq, proteomics (mass cytometry and mass spectrometry) to discover mediators of interorgan crosstalk. Mediators will be targeted with antibodies, drugs and in transgenic mice. Initial single cell RNAseq experiments of kidney and lung in kidney-injured mice have already been done and the computational RNAseq analysis pipeline is established in the lab.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.


  1. In collaboration with the PI, perform studies of interorgan crosstalk in injury models in mice in vivo and in vitro in cell lines.
  2. Analyze and report data to the PI.
  3. Work with mice and oversee their own mouse colony and breeding schemes.
  4. Perform mouse surgeries.
  5. Assist with grant preparation and reporting.
  6. Prepare and submit papers on research.
  7. Assist in the design of research experiments.
  8. Evaluate research findings and assist in the reporting of the results.
  9. Maintain conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  10. Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  11. Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records
  12. Engage in open and timely discussion with their 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.
  13. Maintain collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  14. Adhere 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., M.D. or an equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with mouse handling and surgeries.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.

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

Applicants should send their resume to Dr. Andreas Herlich at herrlich@wustl.edu.


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: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Nephrology - 50614

Job ID: 50614

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular