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Full Job Title: RESEARCH FELLOW- Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM)

Job Number: 95184

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Date Posted: 1-10-2018

A multidisciplinary team in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Zorn is seeking to recruit a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to spearhead research investigating the molecular and cellular basis of trachea-esophageal birth defects using animal models and human organoids. The goal is to understand how the how the trachea and esophagus arise from the embryonic foregut during fetal development and to model how genetic mutations in patients can disrupt this process leading to life threatening congenital birth defects.
The Zorn lab ( is part of the new Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine ( and the Division of Developmental Biology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital one of the top pediatric research institutions in the world.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a premier pediatric research institution with over 900 diverse and productive faculty members. Here, researchers work collaboratively across specialties and divisions to address some of the biggest challenges we face today in improving child health. A strong network of research support services and facilities, along with institutional commitment to research, push our team of faculty, postdocs and support staff to explore the boundaries of what is possible, leading to significant breakthroughs. We are driven by our mission to improve child health and transform the delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.
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1. Design, execute, and recordlaboratory experiments; apply standard scientific protocols to experiments,research, and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques.

2. Draft, write, and editscientific reports, papers, journal articles, and abstracts.

3. Design and performexperiments and record data according to research protocol. Independentlyreproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques currently used. Adapt newmethods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientificknowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of alllaboratory work and experiments.

4. Develop, set-up, and verifynew procedures in the laboratory. Standardize and establish new publishedprocedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and newprotocols; design formats.

5. Discuss relevant insightsabout experimental results with Faculty and provide useful recommendations andanalysis.

6. Maintain an integral role inthe laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Present informationon research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journalclubs, and seminars.

7. Troubleshoot and correcterroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repairequipment; monitor proper use by personnel.

8. Maintain optimal protocoland assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks.

9. Assist in preparing,writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and preparecapital expenditure requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, andresolve any discrepancies.

10. Follow policies andprocedures governing the handling of confidential information as defined byCincinnati Children's mission and applicable laws and regulations. Ensuretimeliness, accuracy, availability, and security of information.

11. Perform routine procedures,including the collection and analysis of research data, which may affectdecisions regarding future patient care.

12. Provide services in amanner to be regularly and conveniently available to meet the needs ofCincinnati Children's research initiatives as determined by departmentmanagement and Cincinnati Children's governing body.

13. Maintain currency in fieldthrough continuing education, literature and seminars. Implement this knowledgeinto the Department.

14. Recommend approaches forimprovement activities, recommend and perform new processes, collect andmeasure data, develop processes based on performance, and communicate results.

15. Ensure that work areas areorganized and present a safe, accessible, effective and efficient environment.Manage attendance at required Cincinnati Children's training sessions,including radiation safety, laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogens, and OSHA.Comply with Infection Control policies and procedures.

16. Participate in establishingjob requirements and goals; perform duties at the desired level of competency.

17. Understand, adhere to, andmodel Core Standards as defined organizationally and specifically within the department/unit.

18. Perform other duties asassigned.

EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE: Ph.D. in related discipline, MD, or equivalent required.
Qualified applicants will have a PhD with peer review research publications, a demonstrated expertise in cell biology, morphogenesis or biomechanics, and a keen interest to establish an independent research program in development and stem cell biology.

REQUIRED SKILLS:Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrate attention to detail, strong organizational skills, supervisory ability, and an innovative approach to experimental design. Computer literate and working knowledge of software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, and database). Analytical ability sufficient to compare data; mathematical ability sufficient to perform algebraic calculations and statistical analysis. Ability to synthesize information and to create and deal with new situations by applying past experiences. Expressed willingness to teach others and share results. Capable of meeting time demands necessary to execute experiments.

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