Staff Scientist, SMD

Rochester, NY


Position Summary:

A new research staff scientist position in the laboratory of Xinping Zhang at the Center for Musculoskeletal Research. Under general guidance of the principle investigator, the staff scientist will participate in a research program centers on cellular and molecular mechanisms that orchestrate osteogenesis and angiogenesis during repair and regeneration. The research program integrates bone tissue engineering, vascular biology, and skeletal biology with emphasis on blood vessel specification in regeneration. The staff scientist will lead multiple research projects in the laboratory and will be responsible for designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, helping with manuscript and grant preparation, overseeing and training other lab personnel.

Specific Responsibilities :

  • Directs and works independently on projects that utilize transgenic fluorescent mouse lines to perform single cell sorting and RNAseq analyses to identify gene of interests.

  • Manage and lead collaborative research projects that utilize AAV or lentivirus based gene transduction to manipulate gene expression in various cell types.

  • Collects, analyzes and evaluates experimental data and interprets results within the scope of the study

  • Prepares written reports on all phases of laboratory work involved in research projects.

  • Contributes to the design, interpretation and final writing of research publications – thereby meeting expectations for co-authorship of scientific publications.

  • Designs independent pilot research projects, contributes to writing of research proposals, prepares regulatory documentation required for performance of research.

  • Develops and installs operating procedures for the laboratory, and independently operates complex equipment required for completion of the project.

  • Writes protocols for the conduct of research, which include: purposes of study, design of experiments, lists of materials and methods to be used and the schedule of activities.

  • Directs the gathering of research materials, supplies, equipment and apparatus and experimental.

  • Develops and controls research project budgets in consultation with supervising faculty. Is responsible for research project budget reports and records. Recommends expenditures for major laboratory equipment and construction.

  • Interviews, trains, supervises and evaluates staff. Directs initial training as well as continuous skill development of staff/trainees in laboratory techniques and instrumentation procedures. Counsels staff/trainees on technical problems; advises and assists staff/trainees with special research projects.

Qualifications :

Doctoral degree with major course work in the field of assignment and a minimum of 2-5 years of relevant postdoctoral training. He or she should demonstrate commitment to musculoskeletal research. Published experience with bone biology or skeletal tissue is preferred. Prior experience with transgenic mice and small animal surgery is a plus. This position requires published skills in cellular and molecular biology, genetics and imaging. Additionally, the job requires excellent organizational and leadership skills, the ability to managing staff, and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, postdoc and students of all levels.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 50,000 - $100,000 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry
Full/Part Time: Full-Time