Senior Scientist - Gastroenterology

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

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

Looking for a motivated experienced Senior Scientist to lead and collaborate on projects related to the development and function of the mucosal immune system in mouse and human models. The applicant will work in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology in a rapidly growing research program under the guidance of Dr. Newberry and Dr. Kulkarni. Responsibilities will include assisting with experimental design, execution, analyzing data, reporting data and assisting in manuscript and grant preparation. The applicant is expected to work in a semi-autonomous manner with the PI and collaboration between PIs. Adequate technical support will be given to the applicant to perform studies at the bench. Applicant will be expected to manage and oversee technical support on a daily basis.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborates on designing, conducting and reporting of research projects, manuscript and grant preparation.
  • Performs or oversees experimental design and execution based upon guidance of the principal investigator, designs research protocols, including developing procedures for the collection, verification, and management of data.
  • Designs, performs or oversees, and analyzes in vivo, in vitro, and ex vivo mouse experiments to investigate the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammation and epithelial-immune cell interactions.
  • Acts as a senior colleague to less experienced lab members including technicians and undergraduate students. Supervisory/mentorship roles may include overseeing execution of experiments, teaching laboratory assays, assisting with data interpretation, troubleshooting experimental protocols, and aiding in scientific writing.
  • Assists with grant preparation and managing protocols.
  • Prepares and submits papers on research.
  • Refines hypotheses to be tested and ways of testing it.
  • Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
  • Manages research project with other institutions and investigators.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

Works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in cellular immunology including experience with multiparameter flow cytometry, cell isolation and culture, immunohistochemical staining of tissues, ELISA assays, and ELISpot assays.
  • Basic molecular biology and microbiology skills.
  • Analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of standard laboratory policies, procedures and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate in oral and written form with all levels of personnel and technical publications.
  • Ability to work well independently or as a team member.

Required Qualifications

PhD, M.D. or equivalent terminal degree and at least three years of postdoctoral experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 12 years.



Salary Range

$62,200.00 - $112,700.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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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.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

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