Postdoctoral Research Associate - Infectious Diseases

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
location1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/3/2024
Laboratory and Research
Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary

We are looking for a computational biologist, structural biologist, biochemist or chemist, biological engineering or Ph.D. in related fields with the interest in designing protein structures to tackle challenging problems.

We are a protein design and engineering lab combining state-of-the-art technologies in computational protein design with directed evolution methodologies. This is a unique moment in time as protein design using AI is rapidly becoming very successful in generating a custom new protein world. We are developing antivirals, vaccines and gene delivery devices; projects can be potentially in either space depending on previous training.

The Strauch lab is a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment interfacing with various groups in virology and immunology on and beyond the WashU campus. We have state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, including cell sorter, BLI, FPLC system, Light scattering, tissue culture, etc., and excellent cores for next-generation sequencing or cryoEM on campus for any needs that may come up.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Original Research: develop and apply protocols or algorithms to generate new proteins- either for cell targeting, vaccine candidates or antivirals, pending on interest and background.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Python.

Working Conditions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

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