Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Oshima Lab

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Oshima Lab

Position Details

Position Description

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a broad and dynamic department that strives for a consistent level of high achievement in all of its activities. The Department offers full diagnostic services in all areas of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, is a top ranked research organization as measured by research awards from the National Institutes of Health and offers an array of specialized educational training programs.

The UW Medicine Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology brings together state-of-the-art technology and highly trained, world renowned personnel to provide comprehensive diagnostic and personalized service to physicians, community hospitals, independent laboratories, and other health care organizations. Our operations are based at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, South Lake Union, Northwest Hospital and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Faculty members also serve at Seattle Children's Hospital, the Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound Healthcare System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. These collaborative efforts have generated innovative, translational studies in the basic mechanisms of disease as they apply to diagnostic laboratory medicine and pathology.

The Oshima Lab has an outstanding opportunity for a 1.0 FTE Postdoctoral Scholar.

  • Term of appointment: This position is a full-time, 12-month (one-year) appointment that may be extended up to a maximum of three years.
  • The base salary range for this position will be: $5,459 to $7,097 per month ($65,508 to $85,165 annually), per scale 0-5 years experience (to be approved).

General Duties:

Laboratory of Dr. Junko Oshima and Dr. George M. Martin has utilized genetics to investigate basic mechanisms of biological aging for many decades. A major focus has been the discovery of constitutional mutations that lead to segmental progeroid syndromes in human subjects, a project that has lent strong support to the importance of genomic instability as a major mechanism of aging. These studies are carried out via our UW NIH-funded International Registry of Werner Syndrome (R01CA210916). A more recent project, carried out in collaboration with colleagues at Duke University, involves the study of polymorphic variants with the potential to influence healthspan/lifespan ratios within two large population-based studies of aging human subjects (R01AG063971). Pilot studies are also being carried out to test senolytic and ant-inflammatory drugs as potential therapeutic approaches to ameliorate accelerated and normative human aging.

Responsibilities and duties include:

1) Design and carry out research in line with lab's objectives. This includes planning and carrying out experiments, and analyzing data.

2) Publish results of research in peer-edited journals. This includes writing papers and presenting figures.

3) Apply for post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., NIH, AHA, etc...).

4) Assist in experiments and grants of other personnel in the lab.

5) Assist in training of undergraduate and graduate students when appropriate

Conditions of Employment:

  • Will be considered essential staff and as such will be required to report to work when scheduled despite inclement weather.
  • May be asked to work hours beyond normal open hours of the laboratory depending on staffing needs and current testing requirements. 

Employees working in Laboratory Medicine                                                                                         

  • Sit at a desk or bench 30” to 37” high.
  • Use a computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Communicate by telephone and email.
  • Work with bio hazardous specimens, including tissues and fluids, which may be infected with infectious particles, viruses and microorganisms. May be exposed to bloodborne pathogens through needle stick or biohazard spill.
  • Work with and transport hazardous materials, such as solvents, acids and bases.
  • Lift containers (weighing 40 pounds or less) of supplies, reports, and specimens.
  • Wear protective equipment, such as gloves, gowns, masks and goggles, when appropriate.
  • Operate equipment such as a centrifuge, computer keyboard & printer, fume hood, biosafety cabinet, pipetting device, and syringe with needle.

Safety/Response to Emergencies:

  • Maintain awareness of safety procedures; implement safety rules and regulations in compliance with institution standards.
  • Train staff in safety, and maintain safety as a priority within the department.
  • Have and exercise knowledge of laboratory safety and proper precautions when dealing with bio-hazardous, radioactive, corrosive, explosive and/or flammable materials.
  • Recognize potential safety hazards and take corrective action to resolve hazards or notify appropriate personnel.
  • Participate in interdepartmental efforts to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patients.
  • Ensure staff knows location of safety information and supplies and are able to access information in response to queries or emergency situations.
  • Ensure staff keeps abreast of safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.
  • Participate in laboratory disaster preparedness drills.

Policies and Procedures:

  • Follows established policies, procedures and techniques at all times.
  • Integrates new or revised procedures into the workplace.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.



Education requirement, minimum: PhD in Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology or related area, MD, DMV or equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience in the use of standard techniques of molecular and cellular biology and cell culture


  • Computational skills in biostatistics and bioinformatics are highly desirable

As is a strong interest in mechanisms of aging and diseases of aging, particularly regarding how our research may impact dementias of the Alzheimer type and the early pathogenesis of neoplasia


Applicants should send (via interfolio) their CV, cover letter, and contact information for at least three references addressed to Junko Oshima, MD, PhD, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA -

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