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Postdoctoral Scholar in Medicinal Chemistry (Neuroscience)

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School / Campus / College: School of Pharmacy

Organization: Medicinal Chemistry

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Medicinal Chemistry (Neuroscience)

Position Details

Position Description

The Xu Lab in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar. The successful applicant will join a research project at the interface of chemistry and biology. The research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, which provides the opportunity to interact with scientists from different fields. In addition, the individual will have the opportunity to gain experience in advanced mass spectrometry, such as mass spectrometry-based lipidomics, sterolomics, and proteomics. Please visit Xu Lab website for more information:

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with the possibility for yearly renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding up to a maximum of 5 years.

Main research responsibilities include:

  • Handling and dissection of mice and collection of tissues for cell culture or immunostaining
  • Isolation and culturing of mouse neural stem cells, neurons, and astrocytes
  • Maintenance and culture of human iPSCs
  • Isolation and analysis of RNA from cells and tissues (real-time PCR and RNASeq)
  • Transfection of cells with siRNA and shRNA.
  • Isolation and analysis of protein
  • Breeding of Cre-lox mice
  • Mouse behavior studies

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.


Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Neurobiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology or associated disciplines and are preferred to have experience with tissue culture (particularly mouse neural stem cells, neuron, and/or astrocytes), animal, stem cell, RNA, DNA, and protein.


Applicants should submit a cover letter including research interests and goals, CV, academic transcripts, one to two reference letters (preferably from PhD and current postdoc advisor), and name and contact information of two additional references.

General inquiries may be sent to Libin Xu, Ph.D. at

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