Job Description

*National Jewish Health - Main Campus · Pediatrics Research
Denver, CO
Laboratory Research
Full Time (40 hours per week), Day Shift, Varies
Posted 05/04/2018
Req # 11439
General Summary
A postdoctoral position is available as part of a new collaboration between the laboratories of Dr. Peter M. Henson and Dr. Donna L. Bratton at National Jewish Health, Denver, CO. This research project and ongoing projects in the laboratories focus on innate immune responses by myeloid cells, neutrophils and mononuclear phagocytes, in inflammatory conditions. The role of signaling downstream of the NADPH oxidase and cellular metabolism are a focus. We are seeking highly motivated, independent and dedicated research scientists.
Successful candidates at the postdoctoral level should possess:
  • Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology or immunology
  • Strong work ethic, ambitious, capable of driving a project
  • Excellent writing skills and analytic interpretation
  • Extensive experience working with animal models, and experimental methodologies in cellular immunology and molecular biology

Essential Responsibilities
1. Performs, on a very independent basis, all phases of experimental investigations, to include being responsible to the Principal Investigator in the planning, developing, operating, recording, collaborating and reporting of major projects.
2. Collaborates with Principal Investigators and senior researchers in the progress of major research projects.
3. Provides guidance to laboratory staff in one or more laboratory areas, including technicians, support and auxiliary staff.  Performs as the technical advisor on techniques involving complex analyses utilizing highly sophisticated techniques.  Serves as primary contact with researcher staff for technical services on major techniques, recording devices and statistical procedures relative to the specifically assigned field.
4. Reviews quality control of new or modified laboratory techniques which affect any part of major projects.
5. Performs routine and non-routine tests leading to the successful completion of developed experiments.  Knows and follows age-specific guidelines.
6. Performs as a back-up to staff absences and vacancies, as necessary.
7. Performs all other duties as assigned.
General Responsibilities
1. Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.
2. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
3. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.
4. Responds promptly and sincerely to customer's needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.
5. Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.
6. Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.
7. Incorporates National Jewish's identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions.  Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.
Knowledge and Skills
Extensive knowledge of standard research practices and methods, particularly in the field of assignment, and of other values of research in the field involved.  Ability to determine the approach to a research problem which will give the most significant results and to develop, lay out and plan the actual experiments to be performed, and ability to devise new methods and techniques as needed in experimentation.  Ability to plan, organize and direct work of supporting personnel.  Ability to prepare and write reports on research projects.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other research personnel and the general public.
M. D.; or, Ph. D. in biology, chemistry or other basic sciences required.
Certification and Licensure
Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of specified experience in technical investigatory techniques required.  M. D. or Ph. D. in a specified basic science field will suffice for 2 yrs experience.   
- or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience

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