Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Wayne State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 31, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Pharmacology, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Information

Posting Details

Posting Number

Position Title
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Number of Vacancies

06 - School of Medicine

Primary Department

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.

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Essential Functions (Job Duties)
The purpose of the Postdoctoral Scholar/Fellow positions is to provide individuals, who have recently (within the past 6 years) completed a doctoral degree, with a full-time program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the guidance of a supervising Faculty Mentor. Postdoctoral appointments are temporary by nature and are designed to develop the Postdoctoral Scholar/Fellow as an independent scientist and to enhance their professional skills. Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows are considered to be in training for future faculty teaching/ research positions or for a position suited to their desired career outcomes and recognized for their dual status as trainees and employees.
Postdoctoral Scholars/Fellows provide leadership in the design and management of research programs. They additionally assist their Faculty Mentor(s) in designing protocols as well as training and/or supervising technical research staff to complete research projects. With the assistance of the Faculty Mentor, postdoctoral scholars/fellows write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grants. They conduct independent research that is expected to result in scholarly publications and presentations for research funding at scientific meetings. The postdoctoral scholars/fellows complete technical laboratory and/or field experimental procedures. They conduct independent research with grant funding they were responsible for obtaining. Postdoctoral scholars/fellows, with permission and supervision of their mentor(s), may also be involved with the training of undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory, which is another key aspect towards their preparation for future academic and non-academic positions.
The title of Postdoctoral Scholar applies to those who are paid a salary by WSU. Their salary is usually charged to a grant or contract secured by their faculty mentor. This position is time-limited and typically expires after completing
6 years of research training.
The title of Postdoctoral Fellow applies to scholars who receive financial support in the form of a fellowship or stipend, usually from an outside agency, either directly or distributed through WSU on behalf of the sponsor. Typically, fellows are responsible for applying for a fellowship award.

Unique Duties
45% - Perform microvascular surgery, physiologic studies (pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurobiological, and integrative physiologic) in rodents, conduct in vitro and in vivo functional studies
20% - Perform molecular biology studies including RT-PCR, immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry, protein digestion, imaging studies, RNA-SEQ, protein chemistry.
20% - Data analyses, manuscript development, and grant writing.
10% - Bank, catalog samples and maintain databases, maintain project inventory, work relatively independently on carrying out research, and train research students as needed
5% - Other job related duties as required

Education Doctorate degree
Requires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character. This knowledge is 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. Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements.
Ability to work independently. Ability to secure grants and funding for research. 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. 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
Preferred Education: PhD with experience in area
Preferred Experience: Experience of 2 years working with rodent models, molecular biology, manuscript writing and experience with design of experiments. Experience with in vivo functional studies, surgical skills with rodent models minimum of 2 years of experience working with rats, statistical analyses experience.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
Prior grant writing skill
Prior manuscript writing skills
Communication skillset, ability to organize and plan studies
Western blotting
Molecular biology skillset
Knowledge of neurodevelopment and neuroanatomy
Knowledge of vascular biology
Knowledge of integrative physiology
Knowledge of pulmonary physiology and development

Testing Requirements
Not Applicable

Test Scheduling

Job Type
Full or Fractional Time

Job Category
Academic Administration

Duration of Posting

Fiscal Year of Job Open Date

Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)

Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)

Is this position reposted?

Reposting Reason:
None (New Posting)

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

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