Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hematology

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/21/17
Less than 5 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 09/21/17


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 ofInternal Medicine, Division of Hematology.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY:The appointment is viewed as a training or transitional period preparatory to an academic, industrial, governmental, or other full-time research or teaching career. Used when the appointee performs specific services on a grant or contract in exchange for compensation.


  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. Conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities.
  6. Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  7. Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records
  8. Engage in open and timely discussion with his/her 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. Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  10. Adherence 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.


The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to implement laboratory procedures, conduct research and records findings.
  • PhD or MD and demonstrated relevant research experience and publication record.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills are essential.
  • A strong background in either hematopoiesis / immunology, developmental biology, or cell biology is preferred.
  • Experience in transcriptome / epigenetic analysis, or murine xenograft assays would be an asset.
  • Preference will be given to those with no previous postdoctoral experience

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

Department Summary

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Sturgeon, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.  We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join our team.  Research will focus on 1) the signal and transcriptional mechanisms regulating human hematopoietic specification using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) as model systems, and 2) the regenerative medicine potential of hPSC-derived hematopoietic progenitors. Assays used include RNAseq, ChiPseq, qRT-PCR, FACS and murine xenografts. Applicants should refer to the following publications:

  1. Ditadi A, Sturgeon CM. Directed differentiation of definitive hemogenic endothelium and hematopoietic progenitors from human pluripotent stem cells. Methods. 2016 May;101:65-72
  2. Ditadi A, Sturgeon CM, Tober J, Awong G, Kennedy M, Yzaguirre AD, Azzola L, Ng ES, Stanley EG, French DL, Cheng X, Gadue P, Speck NA, Elefanty AG, Keller G. Human definitive haemogenic endothelium and arterial vascular endothelium represent distinct lineages. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 May;17(5):580-91.
  3. Sturgeon CM, Ditadi A, Awong G, Kennedy M, Keller G. Wnt signaling controls the specification of definitive and primitive hematopoiesis from human pluripotent stem cells. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Jun;32(6):554-61.  
  4. Sturgeon CM, Chicha L, Ditadi A, Zhou Q, McGrath KE, Palis J, Hammond SM, Wang S, Olson EN, Keller G. Primitive erythropoiesis is regulated by miR-126 via nonhematopoietic Vcam-1+ cells. Dev Cell. 2012 Jul 17;23(1):45-57.

This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

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