Postdoctoral Research Fellow Rush University Medical Center announces its search for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Department of Orthopedics. The postdoctoral research fellow (PDRF) designs, performs and analyzes experiments. They will also review, analyze and report relevant literature, assist the PI in the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications relevant to the experimental work. They will also supervise and teach specific techniques to undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory.
About the PI: Dr. Anna Spagnoli has over 20 years of research experience in the bone and cartilage field. Her research focuses on discovering the ability of growth factors to control adult stem cells for tissue regeneration, and understanding the mechanisms of tissue development to empower the regenerative responses during the tissue repairing process. Her studies, by simultaneously looking at stem cell biology and tissue development, have represented a unique opportunity to discover and fully optimize the clinical use of adult stem cells in bone and cartilage diseases. Dr. Spagnoli has extensively published in this field. Her research has been funded by NIH (3 R01s) and numerous other agencies and foundations. Dr. Spagnoli has mentored over twenty graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members.
About the Position: The selected candidate will gain experience in a number of cutting edge molecular and cellular biological techniques, biomechanical testing, nanoparticles for protein/drug delivery, and in vivo animal imaging. Laboratory projects have great potential to become independent research projects that would further ambitious, motivated postdoctoral careers.
Works closely with the PIs to organize all laboratory activities, including group meetings, ordering consumable supplies, and laboratory maintenance. * Performs basic research in the areas of interest of the principal investigators. * Calculates, analyzes and reports research data in a professional manner to the supervisor. * In collaboration with the principal investigator, assists in troubleshooting experiments, or equipment. * Assists in the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications for the principal investigator. * Training of interns, graduate students and other junior technicians within the laboratory. * Assists in overseeing laboratory safety requirements. * Maintains a detailed protocol repository for the laboratory. * Organizes and maintains a record of the scientific group meetings. * May be required to perform small tasks for the principal investigator including, but not limited to: photocopying, collating of materials for grants/manuscripts, moving equipment and organizing the laboratory. * Participates in departmental activities including journal clubs, workshops and seminars.
Doctor of Philosophy degree in genetics, cell biology, immunology, biomedical engineering or a related field and/or Doctor of Medicine degree (or equivalent) required. * Bachelor of Science degree in a life science or related field preferred. * One to three years of research experience preferred. * Strong working knowledge of molecular biology techniques including in-situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, gel-shift assays, Western blots, transcription reporter assays, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and cell culture techniques including flow cytometry. * Experience in performing histology and working with small animals preferred. * Experience working with transgenic and knockout mice. * Published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. * Must have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a cooperative, interactive group setting. * Must have good management skills and be self-driven and assertive in order to successfully perform the laboratory maintenance duties associated with this position. * Has good computer skills including word processing, data management and digital image processing.
Telecommuting is allowed.
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