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Job Opening: Research Opportunities in Orthopedic Surgery


Position: Research Opportunities in Orthopedic Surgery
Company: Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis MO US

Job Type/Schedule

This opportunity is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Hours are generally normal business hours but may vary due to the timing for experiments and other research activity deadlines.

Department Name/Job Location

This opportunity is in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery-Research and located at IOH (11
floor) on the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

The interest of this lab is investigation of skeletal and joint diseases that occur in response to local or systemic inflammation, developing mouse models of bone diseases, and investigating signal transduction pathways in macrophages, osteoclasts, and osteoblasts.

The primary focus of the work includes but is not limited to the following:

1) Isolation of monocytes/macrophages and osteoblasts. Performing tissue culture and differentiation studies. Studies signal transduction and performing molecular and biochemical assays.

2) Hands on work with mice is required: the ability to handle and monitor mice, perform injections, harvest tissue and perform breeding and screening.

3) Collecting, organizing, and disseminating data.

Required Qualifications

Candidates with extensive prior experience in cell, molecular biology or related fields with at least a Bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply.

Must have troubleshooting skills, independent analytical thinking, and research planning skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators. Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports. Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced skills and experience with tissue cell culture techniques
  • Advanced molecular biology skills
  • Experience with microscopy
  • Proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques including DNA, RNA, Protein isolation and purification; PCR, reverse transcription PCR, Immunoblot, ELISA.
  • Experience with immunocyto- and histo-chemistry; experience working with frozen and paraffin embedded tissue. Proficiency in these techniques is a plus.
  • Experience with flow cytometry and immunology is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, Photoshop. Knowledge of Image J is a plus.
  • Salary Range

    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Department Summary

    The Department of Orthopedic Surgery/Research at the Washington University School of Medicine is ranked number 1 in federal funding among Ortho department in the US. It is considered one of the leading academic training programs, dedicated to the study of musculoskeletal diseases. The balance of outstanding faculty, State-of-the-Art facilities, and leading research edge ensure excellence across the missions of maintaining national prominence in research, teaching and patient care.


    This opportunity is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at
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    Applicant Special Instructions

    Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Must be physically able to wear protective equipment. Must be able 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.

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