Post-doctoral Fellow - Osteoarthritis

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK

ID: 7070979 (Ref.No. 2021221)
Posted: October 14, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Posting Number: 000240
Position Type: Scientific
Classification: Ongoing
Status: Full-Time
Department: Arthritis & Clinical Immunology - Jeffries

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Join our expanding team focused on gene-environmental interactions in the pathogenesis and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Matlock Jeffries is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a strong background in osteoarthritis research to be part of the team working to understand how epigenetic modifications and the microbiome contribute to the development of knee osteoarthritis in human patients and mouse models. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic lab with synergistic skills and experiences and will be given the opportunity to develop new projects that complement the overall directions of the lab. The team utilizes next-generation sequencing and microarray approaches to DNA methylation analysis, as well as Cas9-based epigenetic editing, RNA-Seq, 16s microbiome, and computational and bioinformatic analyses to expand knowledge of OA pathogenesis. Our laboratory has longstanding experience in the use of DMM surgery to induce OA in mouse models and collaborates with investigators at the leading edge of OA animal model research. Dr. Jeffries's lab is well funded through multiple NIH and Department of Defense awards. Both Dr. Jeffries and the Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have a long history of exceptional mentorship. This is a mentored position for postdoctoral training. Incumbents at this level plan, design and conduct research experiments, manage research projects, prepare reports and papers for publication, presentation and future research, contribute to grant writing and are encouraged to write applications for fellowships. Learn the complexities of research lab management and participate in various lab management responsibilities. Benchmark Expectations: - Conduct scientific research. - Manage research projects. - Present scientific information both formally and informally, including “big data” sequencing / epigenetic / genetic information. - Prepare papers for publication. - Contribute to grant writing. - Perform lab management responsibilities as assigned. - Work collaboratively and collegially as part of the team while developing skills needed as an independent scientist. - Have experience and/or exposure to osteoarthritis or a closely related field. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles and practices of scientific theory and research; demonstrates skill in formulating and testing hypotheses; ability to conduct scientific research experiments; to analyze and summarize data and results; to write technical, scientific papers; to write grants and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to mentor students and guide/direct the work of less senior scientists; to manage a research lab with progressive competency and to demonstrate leadership in a research lab. OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy. OMRF's excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in a biological science, chemistry, physics or other relevant area, or M.D., or equivalent.

Minimum Degree Required:
Doctorate

Work Hours:

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctorate in OA research, either basic or translational. History of work in OA mouse models preferred. Publication of at least 2-3 peer-reviewed articles. Experience planning and effectively executing animal projects and maintaining animal colonies. Experience in epigenetics, genetics, or data processing of large genomic datasets preferred but not required. Great communication skills needed. Must have the ability to multitask and work both independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team with exemplary attention to detail. Must have good computer skills, in the laboratory we routinely use macOS, windows, and linux-based systems. A familiarity with R and/or linux command line is helpful.

Physical Demands:
Regularly required to stand, use manual dexterity, talk or hear; Frequently required to walk and reach with hands and arms; occasionally sit; frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Potential exposure to fumes, airborne particles, or rodent dander. May work with toxic, caustic chemicals, radioactive materials, liquid nitrogen, human tissue or blood. Potential risk of electrical shock. Occasional exposure to cold 4C, and/or extreme cold -80C from freezers. Noise level is usually moderate.

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