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Post-Doctoral Scientist - Kidney/Urology/Molecular Biology

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio, US
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Jan 29, 2022

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We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Scientist - The Spencer Laboratory is looking for a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Scientist interested in investigating the innate immune responses in the kidney and bladder urothelium. The scope of work will interrogate how insulin signaling and host immune responses prevent urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis.

The Spencer laboratory is a collaborative and friendly training environment and consists of two junior faculty investigators, a research scientist, three research associates, a research assistant, a graduate student, and several rotating clinical fellows. The postdoctoral scientist will work under the mentorship of the principal investigator or Senior Research Scientists to design experiments and develop protocols to conduct research in a specific scientific area.

There is sufficient opportunity for training and independent work. The Postdoctoral Scientist will prepare technical materials such as abstracts, annual reports, scientific papers and presentations. Publishes scientific articles in appropriate refereed journals. The goal of the position is to work toward a goal of becoming independent in his/her research effort, and eventually obtaining external research funding. Appointment as a Post Doc is a maximum of 4 years in length.

Why Nationwide Children's Hospital?:

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We're 13,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we'll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

Ask anyone with a Nationwide Children's badge what they do for a living. They'll tell you it's More Than a Job. It's a calling. It's a chance to use and grow your talent to make an impact that truly matters. Because here, we exist simply to help children everywhere.

Nationwide Children's Hospital. A Place to Be Proud


What Will You Be Doing?

With guidance from a PI mentor, design experiments and develops protocols required to conduct productive research in a specific scientific area. Mouse work will be required. After the study has been designed, performs the research work in accordance with the protocol.

Helps to train and supervise technical support staff in performing specific techniques essential to carrying out the research program.

Records and analyzes data generated by the research study, and helps to plan future research endeavors.

Prepares scientific and technical papers from the results of the research work. Publishes papers in appropriate refereed scientific journals. Presents findings at local and national research meetings.

If appropriate, collaborates with other ongoing research efforts either at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute or at The Ohio State University.

This is considered a training position therefore the PI will allow a trainee 4 years to advance beyond the level of Post Doc.

Works toward research independence. Prepares to submit proposals to and obtain funding from external granting agencies.


What Are We Looking For?

To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

PhD in Molecular Biology, Immunology, Physiology, or related field

Necessary technical skills in the appropriate area of research including standard laboratory techniques as well as animal work. Training in bioinformatics is appreciated but not required.

Ability to do technical writing, and good communication skills.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

Percent of time spent on:

25% Designing and developing protocols

25% Performing research work

25% Recording and analyzing data generated by research study

10% Preparing scientific and technical papers

03% Liaison with OSU researchers

02% Miscellaneous paperwork associated with research

Minimum physical requirements:

100% Kneeling / reaching

100% Finger dexterity

100% Talking / hearing / seeing

33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes

Pressure in this position will vary depending on the workload. The workload will be heavy but manageable most of the time. Pressure may arise in the face of deadlines associated research and manuscript writing.

EOE M/F/Disability/Vet
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