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Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Wayne State University is searching for an experienced Post-Doctoral Fellow at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

Perform scientific techniques or research protocols. Assist the Principal Investigator in designing and performing protocols. Design and perform experiments. Collect and log research data. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist other lab members with experiments as required. May mentor research assistants and students.

Evaluate and perform preliminary analysis of the data using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated.

Prepare and present presentations regarding research project results for professional, scientific and academic conferences. Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.

Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.

With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grant proposals with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Unique duties:

Seeking a highly motivated and independent scientist to join a collaborative research group to study the interactions of diverse organisms in aquatic environments and their potential impact on human health. As a post-doctoral researcher, you will use and develop innovative advanced molecular, microbiological, bioinformatic, and physiological techniques to analyze bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic organisms of surface and other waters in the Great Lakes region and how they may be affected by anthropogenic sources, including sanitary, storm, and treated wastewaters. Current and prospective funded projects include developing technologies to study changes of organisms and genetic markers with time, place, and process, including organisms that are vectors for human disease, and investigating the diversity of molecular and functional interactions of aquatic organisms. An interest in taxonomy and molecular phylogeny is desirable but not required. An interest and experience in community outreach about science and the environment is desirable but not required.


Education Doctorate degree
Requires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character, acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

Experience Intermediate (3 to 4 years job-related experience)
Job-related experience can include doctorate training. Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred. Must have distinguished themselves in research, as documented by peer-reviewed publications. Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements is desirable but not required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently. Ability to collect, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results to the field. Knowledge of and experience with current scientific integrity principles. Strong written and oral communication skills suitable for scientific publication and presentations and for preparing grant proposals to secure funding for research. Excellent time management and organization skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.

Preferred qualifications:

Successful applicants will have a Ph.D in a Life Science field or in Engineering with an environmental or biomedical emphasis. • Experience with molecular biology and bioinformatics techniques • Knowledge of biosafety methods, up to BSL2. • Familiarity with aquatic organisms including aquatic invertebrates. • Proven ability to design and execute complex experiments independently. • Excellent analytical skills and proficiency in data analysis software and statistical methods. • Strong organizational and time management skills. • Ability to lead and contribute to the preparation of scientific reports, manuscripts, presentations, and grant proposals under the guidance of mentors. • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, fostering collaboration and mentorship within the lab. • Appreciation for diversity, inclusion, and a respectful work environment. • Candidate is expected to design and perform experiments with rigor, and work in a collaborative environment.


H06 - School of Medicine

Primary department:

H0606 - Physiology (H0606)

Employment type:
  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Research
Funding/salary information:
  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum: TBD
  • Salary hire maximum: TBD
Working conditions:

Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.

Job openings:
  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:
Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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