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Washington University of St. Louis Research Specialist - Molecular Microbiology - 49729 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

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

Essential Functions


Performs complex research studies allowing for the advancement of scientific analysis and discovery of laboratory projects as part of the team or working individually. Offers support, training , and guidance for laboratory projects. May participate and or present on the research developed within the laboratory or with external collaborators.


  1. Provides support services for advanced cell culture techniques for the laboratory group and assists others with experiments. Provides support for procurement of reagents and maintains inventory of critical materials for the laboratory.
  2. Performs complex experiments under general direction of the PI. Exhibits a high degree of independent problem solving and ability to conduct research on assigned projects.
  3. Plans, develops, organizes and formalizes research results and findings, including performing statistical analyses. Conducts literature searches related to research projects.
  4. Solves practical problems relating to difficulty with equipment or procedures. Suggests technical/procedural improvements in various methods. May develop and optimize experimental procedures and protocols.
  5. Organizes and maintains required documentation on lab and/or specimen collections. May communicate findings to various users or external audiences.
  6. Performs all related work in accordance with established protocols and safety/compliance requirements.
  7. Works as part of the team to assure progress on projects of importance to the laboratory. Assists in the training and development of other laboratory personnel.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field with seven years of experience in a laboratory setting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience equaling at least ten years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
  • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.
  • Demonstrated competency in isolating and characterizing primary cell cultures, ELISA, western blotting, qPCR, FACS analysis, and immunofluorescence microscopy.
  • Ability to provide standard care to research animals and perform simple experimental procedures.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $40,706 - $54,933 annually.

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://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

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: Research Specialist - Molecular Microbiology - 49729

Job ID: 49729

Location: Medical School

Regular/Temporary: Regular