Multiple NIH R35 MIRA funded postdoctoral research positions are available immediately to study molecular mechanisms that regulate plant cortical microtubule dynamics and organization, and to develop a microfluidics platform to study how biochemical and biophysical inputs influence microtubule array organization in the context of plant morphogenesis.
NIH Funding is available for 5 years for each position, with the expectation that the candidates will work with Dr. Dixit to apply for fellowships during this time. Washington University in St. Louis offers a complete benefits package and competitive salary based on the NIH postdoctoral rate.
The Dixit lab is a highly collegial and collaborative environment consisting of researchers pursuing a broad range of projects in the areas of cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, and developmental biology. We have ready access to superb facilities on the main campus, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Danforth Plant Science Center. We are also part of a multi-institution NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Engineering Mechanobiology (https://cemb.upenn.edu) with wide-ranging expertise in biology and physical sciences. People in the lab have the freedom to pursue research that excites them and to obtain the professional and technical training needed for their career goals. Postdocs are encouraged to develop their own research projects that they can take with them. There are opportunities to gain classroom teaching experience and mentoring experience in the lab. In addition, large companies such as Bayer, Sigma-Aldrich, and Pfizer and many smaller biotech companies are nearby. We are committed to inclusion and diversity and welcome candidates from all cultural, scientific, and socio-economic backgrounds. For more information about the lab and recent publications, please visit https://sites.wustl.edu/dixitlab/.
Washington University in St. Louis offers a diverse array of career and professional development opportunities through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups. The St. Louis region provides a wonderful living environment with numerous cultural, sporting, and recreational activities. Additional information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.
PhD in a relevant field such as cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, and/or biomedical engineering with demonstrated productivity in the form of publications.
Proficiency in general molecular and protein biochemistry techniques.
Experience with fluorescence microscopy and quantitative image analysis will be highly preferred.
Experience with Arabidopsis plants and/or TIRF microscopy is desirable but not required.
Application Instructions: Qualified applicants should email their application to Ram Dixit (email@example.com) as a single pdf containing:
Cover letter detailing research interests and long-term career goal
Copies of three relevant publications
Names and contact information of three faculty references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request.
Applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are hired.
About Washington University in St. Louis
The Department of Biology draws its strength from an exceptionally interactive and collaborative faculty, possessing a wide range of interests at all levels of biological organization, and utilizing many different biological systems and model organisms. The department has 49 full-time faculty members. Our large and thriving community also includes approximately 60 current pre-doctoral students, approximately 55 postdoctoral and research scientists, and nearly 700 majors (more than any other program in Arts & Sciences). Nearly all of our faculty have peer-reviewed grant support—now totaling around $12 million each year—and many hold leadership positions in the scientific community.
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