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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Job Description

Posting Number
Position Title
Post-Doctoral Fellow  
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine  
Primary Department
H0656-Center Molecular Medicine/Genetics  
Working Conditions
Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at the WSU COVID-19 Website (https://wayne.edu/coronavirus).
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.
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.
With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding. Responsibilities may also include coordinating correspondence with applicants and grantees, acknowledging receipts of proposals, and maintaining a system to track proposals.
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.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Unique Duties
Two postdoctoral fellow positions are immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Shengyi (Iris) Sun, an Assistant Professor at the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. The main focus of the Sun lab is to delineate the physiological significance and underlying molecular mechanism of endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated protein degradation (ERAD) machinery in health and disease, with special focus on the regulation of liver homeostasis. The lab uses interdisciplinary state-of-the-art approaches, powered by cell type-specific mouse models and CRISPR technology, to address the important questions.
Please refer to our representative publications in this area for details (Sun and Shi et al. PNAS 2014; Sun and Shi et al. Nat Cell Biol 2015; Sun et al. Mol Biol Cell 2016; Ji and Sun et al. Nat Immunol 2019).
Wayne State University School of Medicine is located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan. Metropolitan Detroit provides many outstanding residential areas and vibrant neighborhoods for convenient living and transportation. The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics contains state of-the-art facilities and a highly collaborative research environment. This is an excellent opportunity to work on innovative and impactful research projects in a highly collaborative environment. We are committed to the career development of our team. Individuals who join our group will be encouraged to develop new skills, receive intensive mentoring, and encouraged to submit fellowship applications.
Lead specific projects, design and perform experiments, troubleshoot, analyze data, and interpret results.
Prepare manuscripts for publication and present results at scientific conferences.
Collaborate with other lab members, communicate with collaborators, and contribute to promoting a successful research environment.
Other lab duties as assigned.
Requires doctorate degree, advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning.
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
A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences or similar field of study, highly motivated and career-oriented.
A demonstrated publication track record.
Strong background and expertise in related fields such as cell biology, physiology or biochemistry.
Experience in mouse work and models is a plus.
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable  
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Research Assistants/Associates  

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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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