PostDoctoral Fellow

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
Research Grants-Neurobiology
Hours / Pay Period
St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center
Standard Hours
Monday - Friday (8:00AM-5:00PM)
Work Schedule
8 Hour


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Located conveniently in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 571-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services.  Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph's was the first hospital in the Phoenix area. More than 125 years later, St. Joseph's remains dedicated to its mission of caring for the poor and underserved.


We are extremely proud to be a nationally recognized center for quality quaternary care, medical education and research. St. Joseph's includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, Norton Thoracic Institute, Cancer Center at St. Joseph's, Ivy Brain Tumor Center, and St. Joseph's Level I Trauma Center (which is verified by the American College of Surgeons). The hospital is also a respected center for high-risk obstetrics, neuro-rehabilitation, orthopedics, and other medical services. St. Joseph’s is considered a sought-after destination hospital for treating the most complex cases from throughout the world. Every day, approximately 20 percent of the hospital’s patients have traveled from outside of Arizona and the United States to seek treatment at St. Joseph’s.


U.S News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph's among the top hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery.  In addition, St. Joseph's boasts the Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph's, and a strategic alliance with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

St. Joseph's is consistently named an outstanding place to work and one of Arizona's healthiest employers. Come grow your career with one of Arizona's Most Admired Companies.

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Job Summary:


We seek outstanding applicants for a full-time post doctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Ruchira Jha, Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurobiology. An MD, MD/PhD or PhD scientist in neuroscience or closely related field is sought for the translational study of cerebral edema and contusion expansion after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our NIH funded laboratory focuses on translational research in TBI, with a particular interest in secondary injury processes that are clinically relevant to the care of patients. Our preclinical laboratory work is primarily in TBI models (including use of various transgenics). We also use human tissue and biofluid samples to explore and evaluate potential biomarkers and how genetic differences may inform precision medicine. Our work frequently involves extensive collaborations with other university laboratories and networks nationwide.


Applicants are expected to have an excellent track record of academic work including rigorous scientific method and publications. The ideal candidate would be highly motivated and interested in the field of acute brain injury, translational research, and understanding mechanisms underlying secondary injury processes that are clinically relevant and major but modifiable contributors to outcome. They should have experience in both independent and collaborative research, presenting research findings at academic conferences, and writing up research for publication. Successful candidates will be those who are open to learning new techniques given the rapidly changing scientific environment, good communication and teamwork skills, able to perform or supervise preclinical experiments (technicians, medical students, residents in Neurology/Neurosurgery), and are interested in ultimately transitioning to a junior faculty position maintaining a collaborative partnership with the laboratory principal investigator.


The post-doc will need to perform experiments involving techniques in molecular and cell biology, potentially single-cell technologies, pre-clinical models of disease (TBI), and pre-clinical model physiology. Therefore, practical experience in basic science laboratory research techniques including skills in molecular biology (PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry/ immunofluorescence, cell culture, genotyping, microarray, FAC sorting) is expected. A basic knowledge of data analysis, statistics and bioinformatics (e.g. analyzing RNA-seq data) is helpful- or alternatively the desire and capability of learning how to code in standard programs (Stata, SPSS, R).


Doctoral degree, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.D.  Ability to conceive new/innovative ideas or solutions with good logic and problem solving skills; ability to communicate, write, advise and counsel on extremely complex and technical matters; knowledge of operating required lab equipment and minor surgical procedures as required. ability to conceive new/innovative ideas or solutions with good logic and problem solving skills; ability to communicate, write, advise and counsel on extremely complex and technical matters; knowledge of operating required lab equipment and minor surgical procedures as required.


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