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Washington University of St. Louis Research Opportunities - Genetics - 50506 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 Genetics. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

The opportunity is with the Dougherty Lab of the departments of Genetics and Psychiatry. We are a lab that utilizes mouse models and human genetics studies to investigate the genetic contribution to psychiatric disorders, especially autism. We are seeking candidates interested in molecular neuroscience to help with functional validation of psychiatric disease associated mutations that may impact transcription or translation. Work in the lab includes standard molecular biology (PCR, cloning, plasmid preparation, Immunoblotting, qPCR etc.), cell culture, mouse genotyping and husbandry, as well as potential for learning and executing advanced molecular methods, such as TRAP, CLIP, sequencing library preparation for Illumina, and massively parallel reporter assays.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with laboratory experience.
  • Proven ability to perform in a laboratory environment.
  • Comfort with rodent handling.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Comfort with computational/statistical approaches for data analysis.
  • Comfort with generation of scientific figures.
  • Comfort with scientific writing.
  • Excellent skills at the bench and be highly productive and efficient.
  • Knowledge of neuroscience.
  • Experience with anatomy and microscopy.
  • Motivated, independent, organized and collegial.

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://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive 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: Research Opportunities - Genetics - 50506

Job ID: 50506

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular