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University of Rochester Staff Scientist, SMD - 222612 in Rochester, New York

Staff Scientist, SMD

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School of Medicine & Dentistry

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Ophthalmology M&D


8 AM-4:30 PM


Position Summary:Under the general guidance of the principal investigator, the SPRA will be responsible for independently overseeing and carrying out specific research projects in a Stem Cell and disease modeling lab at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute. The current projects in the laboratory are aimed at using human model system of retinal degenerative diseases for investigating disease mechanisms and identifying drug treatments.


  • The SPRA will lead multiple research projects in the laboratory and will be responsible for designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, helping with manuscript and grant preparation, overseeing and training other lab personnel. The scientific research will be focused on utilizing human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to model and study retinal degenerative diseases. The suitable candidate should demonstrate the ability to carry out specific research projects independently under the guidance of the principal investigator (PI).

  • Independently conduct laboratory research project(s) under the general guidance of the PI. Perform cell and tissue culture on a required basis and conduct experiments as needed. The experimental techniques used will include tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, RNA and protein, RT and quantitative PCR, Western blotting, and immunoprecipitation. Other molecular and cell biology techniques may need to be utilized as dictated by the project and the candidate is expected to be able to self-learn and develop new techniques in the laboratory as required by the project.

  • Review current literature, design experiments, analyze and summarize data, write manuscripts and assist with grant preparation, attend and present data at laboratory meetings.

  • Train and oversee the work of technicians and students in the laboratory. Specifically, ensure that individuals on specific projects are trained to perform the required experiments and data analysis. Also as a project lead, assign specific experiment to other lab personnel and ensure the accuracy of experiments and data analysis carried out by them.

  • Other duties as necessary for completion of research project and work assigned by the PI.

REQUIREMENTS: Well-qualified candidates will have the following qualifications/ experience: A Ph.D. in biological sciences with prior postdoc experience is required. Prior experience in retinal cell biology and cell culture is preferred; especially experience culturing and working with human stem cells and retinal cells. Experience with and knowledge of statistical and image analysis software would be advantageous.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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