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Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Microbiology - 49918 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Molecular Microbiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Siyuan Ding in the Department of Molecular Microbiology. The Ding lab is interested in studying the replication of enteric viruses (in particular rotaviruses) and how they interact with the host innate immune system in the small intestine. More recently, the Ding lab investigated how SARS-CoV-2 replicates in the human intestine (Zang R and Gomez Castro MF et al., Sci Immunol, 2020) and how the host defends against the virus infection (Zang R et al., PNAS, 2020).

The candidate will have the opportunity to learn to work with a suckling mouse model for rotavirus pathogenesis and human intestinal organoids.


  1. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  2. Prepares and submits papers on research.
  3. Assists in the design of research experiments.
  4. Evaluates research findings and assists in the reporting of the results.
  5. Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  6. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  7. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  8. Engages in open and timely discussion with their mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications.
  9. Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  10. Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.
  • Strong background in microbiology or mucosal immunology or related fields.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work independently.
  • Prior experience in working with viruses and animals.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/.

Applicant Special Instructions

To apply, please email your cover letter summarizing your research interests, past research experience, and future career goals, curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Siyuan Ding (siyuan.ding@wustl.edu).


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to blood and chemical hazards.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Microbiology - 49918

Job ID: 49918

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular