RESEARCH FELLOW - Mechanisms Controling Epigenetic Programming During Reproduction

Dr. Satoshi Namekawa's laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Namekawa laboratory is focused on elucidating the mechanisms and evolution of epigenetic programming events during germ cell development and early embryogenesis. The laboratory has two main foci: the mechanisms governing global gene expression programs and cellular identity in germ cells, and the regulatory mechanisms for sex chromosomes in germ cells. The current goal of the project is to identify novel factors and related pathways that control epigenetic programming during mouse reproduction.

Lab Website:https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/research/divisions/r/reproductive-sciences/labs/namekawa

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MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Design, execute, and record laboratory experiments; apply standard scientific protocols to experiments, research, and improve current methods and evaluate innovative techniques.
2. Draft, write, and edit scientific reports, papers, journal articles, and abstracts.
3. Design and perform experiments and record data according to research protocol. Independently reproduce, evaluate, research, and improve techniques currently used. Adapt new methods to existing procedures and modify current experiments through scientific knowledge and intuition. Maintain accurate and detailed records of all laboratory work and experiments.
4. Develop, set-up, and verify new procedures in the laboratory. Standardize and establish new published procedures; evaluate innovative techniques. Develop new assays and new protocols; design formats.
5. Discuss relevant insights about experimental results with Faculty and provide useful recommendations and analysis.
6. Maintain an integral role in the laboratory's meetings, presentations, and publications. Present information on research and laboratory work to others at laboratory meetings, journal clubs, and seminars.
7. Troubleshoot and correct erroneous results or problems with laboratory equipment. Maintain and repair equipment; monitor proper use by personnel.
8. Maintain optimal protocol and assay accuracy by conducting regular quality and reproducibility checks.
9. Assist in preparing, writing, and maintaining fiscal budget. Monitor expenditures and prepare capital expenditure requests; track funding, maintain accurate balance, and resolve any discrepancies.
10. Follow policies and procedures governing the handling of confidential information as defined by Cincinnati Children's mission and applicable laws and regulations. Ensure timeliness, accuracy, availability, and security of information.
11. Perform routine procedures, including the collection and analysis of research data, which may affect decisions regarding future patient care.
12. Provide services in a manner to be regularly and conveniently available to meet the needs of Cincinnati Children's research initiatives as determined by department management and Cincinnati Children's governing body.
13. Maintain currency in field through continuing education, literature and seminars. Implement this knowledge into the Department.
14. Recommend approaches for improvement activities, recommend and perform new processes, collect and measure data, develop processes based on performance, and communicate results.
15. Ensure that work areas are organized 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 establishing job requirements and goals; perform duties at the desired level of competency.
17. Understand, adhere to, and model Core Standards as defined organizationally and specifically within the department/unit.
18. Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE: Ph.D. in related discipline, MD, or equivalent required.
The ideal candidate will be a recent PhD graduate, energetic, highly motivated and creative individual, eager to explore challenging research. The new fellow is expected to independently design and conduct projects under the supervision of Dr. Namekawa. Candidates with a strong background in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply: reproduction, meiosis, spermatogenesis, DNA damage response and epigenetics including Polycomb, histone post-translational modifications and DNA methylation. Candidates with expertise in the analysis of next-gen sequencing (or strong interest in learning these skills) are preferred. Experience with basic molecular biology skills (DNA work including molecular cloning and vector construction) is required.

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.