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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ophthalmology & Visual Science - 48883 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 Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY:

An R01-funded postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately for the connectomic study of the development of the visual thalamus. The Morgan laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis uses a combination of optical imaging and large-scale serial-section electron microscopy to understand the synaptic connectivity of the visual system. We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to pursue projects on the development of the circuitry of the mouse dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN). The dLGN is an important model system for understanding visual processing and activity dependent development and we expect a connectomic study of its development to reveal fundamental principles as to how neurons organize themselves into image processing circuitry. Other potential and ongoing projects include studies of the organization, degeneration and regeneration of the dLGN and studies of the synaptic organization of the mouse and human retina. For more information about the Morgan lab, visit https://sites.wustl.edu/morganlab/.

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

The appointment is viewed as a training or transitional period preparatory to an academic, industrial, governmental, or other full-time research or teaching career. Used when the appointee performs specific services on a grant or contract in exchange for compensation.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor, including (but not limited to):

  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  2. Develops expertise in neural circuit imaging and analysis.
  3. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  4. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University.
  5. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  6. Prepares and submits papers on research.
  7. Designs research experiments.
  8. Evaluates research findings and reports results.
  9. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  10. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  11. 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., M.D. or an equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.
  • Ability to manage and modify custom imaging and analysis software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in neuroscience, computer science or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.

Salary Range

Base pay is 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.

Benefits

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

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of interest, and list of references to Dr. Josh Morgan at jlmorgan@wustl.edu.

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 - Ophthalmology & Visual Science - 48883

Job ID: 48883

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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