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Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Medicine, Nephrology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

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Position Description

The Freedman Laboratory ( is seeking a highly qualified Postdoctoral Scholar to initiate projects using organoids derived from pluripotent stem cells to model different forms of human kidney disease (e.g. cystinosis, diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease) and develop methods to regenerate kidneys in vivo, leading to new therapies in this area of great unmet biomedical need. The scientist will carry out this work under the supervision of Associate Professor Benjamin Freedman, within the Division of Nephrology, Kidney Research Institute, and Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. S/he will be co-mentored by a senior faculty member in the Division of Nephrology. This is a 12-month, full-time position with the title of Postdoctoral Scholar. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

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.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated a high degree of enthusiasm, professionalism, experimental acumen, organizational skills, teamwork, and a thirst for knowledge and scientific progress. She or he will design and evaluate experiments, actively contribute to the group through innovation and collaboration, present and publish research findings, and participate in Departmental and extramural scholarly activities. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of creativity and scientific excellence as evidenced by publication record in peer-reviewed journals, a high level of motivation and scientific curiosity along with excellent communication, collaboration, and technical skills. This is a dynamic research environment at the cutting edge of modern medicine and life sciences, with ample opportunities to grow, connect, and learn.  It is an advantage if the candidate is eligible for a NIH T32 Fellowship (a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States) or other independent sources of funding for which they might apply.

Experimental duties include:

Bioengineering – differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into human kidney organoids

Microfluidics – incorporation of organoids and cells into microphysiological devices

Microscopy – high throughput and confocal live imaging or immunofluorescence

Genome editing – guide RNA construction, transfection, screening

Therapeutics testing – safety and efficacy determination for candidate drugs

Biophysics – mechanistic single-molecule analysis


Lab duties include:

Data generation and experimental design/execution (daily)

Documentation of work performed and results obtained (daily)

Assisting in the training of junior scientists

Contributing to laboratory organization and maintenance

Presentations of data in lab meetings and external meetings

Preparation of written scholarly reports/publications



The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. relevant to biological science or equivalent degree. Experience with human pluripotent stem cells, genome editing, microfluidics/vascularization, high-throughput screening, bioinformatics, or single-molecule biophysics is a plus.


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