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Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Requisition ID #: 25187
  • Job Category: Research
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Postdoctoral
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Department: Cardiovascular Center
  • Education: Doctorate Degree

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Position Description:

 Position Purpose

A three-year postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center in one of five major areas of research. The A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholar postdoctoral fellow will receive personalized training within multidisciplinary mentoring teams led by exceptional faculty mentors.  Fellows will create and follow an individualized development plan (IDP), conduct research studies, attend required courses/seminars, write grants, publish manuscripts, present oral presentations locally and nationally, and learn other skills necessary for a successful career in cardiovascular research or a closely related field.  Clinical scholars will have protected time for research.  Per NIH guidelines, the postdoctoral fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


Faculty mentors are listed below in their primary group affiliations, though some mentors may work in more than one research area:


  • Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology: Andreas Beyer, PhD; William Campbell, PhD; Magdalena Chrzanowska, PhD; John Corbett, PhD;  Matthew Durand, PhD; Hubert Forster, PhD; Julie Freed, MD, PhD; Benjamin Gantner, PhD;  Albert Girotti, PhD; David Gutterman, MD; David Harder, PhD; John Imig, PhD; Elizabeth Jacobs, MD, MBA; Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD; Girija Konduri, MD; Joy Lincoln, PhD;  Robert Montgomery, MD; Peter Newman, PhD; Kirkwood Pritchard, Jr., PhD; Ramani Ramchandran, PhD;  Daisy Sahoo, PhD; Roy Silverstein, MD; Brian Smith, PhD; Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD; Michael Widlansky, MD, MPH; David X. Zhang, MD, PhD.
  • Cardiac Biology and Heart Failure: John Auchampach, PhD; Tom Aufderheide, MD; Xiaowen Bai, PhD; Caitlin O’Meara, PhD; Dorothee Weihrauch, DVM, PhD.
  • Hypertension: Allen Cowley, Jr., PhD; Justin Grobe, PhD; Srividya Kidambi, MD; Alison Kriegel, PhD; Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD; Nicole Lohr, MD, PhD; Julian Lombard, PhD; Curt Sigmund, PhD; Andrey Sorokin, PhD; Alexander Staruschenko, PhD. 
  • Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Ivor Benjamin, MD; Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD; Ulrich Broeckel, MD; PhD; Aron Geurts, PhD; John Lough, PhD; Michaela Patterson, PhD; Brandon Tefft, PhD; Michael Mitchell, MD; Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD.


Interested applicants should apply online and attach their curriculum vitae, cover letter including a statement of research interests and a name of your preferred primary faculty mentor, and three (3) letters of recommendation from former mentors/supervisors.


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Primary Functions



1. Work under the mentorship of the principal investigator and mentoring team to develop research projects consistent with the aims of the research program.  This would require a thorough investigation of background information pertinent to the research program and


Under the guidance of the faculty mentor and mentoring team, create and follow an individualized development plan (IDP) with foundational elements including, but not limited to progressive responsibility, coordination across multiple levels of translation, interactions with other cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular scientists, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and specific coursework, seminars, and conferences for training in core competencies such as the ethical conduct of research, writing and critique of grants and manuscripts, study design and management, mentoring, teamwork, networking, and oral presentations. 


Design and execute laboratory experiments specific to the aims of research.


Troubleshoot assays and customize experimental tools to answer research questions.


Coordinate external and internal resources necessary for completion of research plan.


Generate clear, complete, and timely records of experimental work.


Participate in meetings with principal investigator and research staff to evaluate and interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, and assess lab procedures.


Communicate results of research at meetings and actively participate in publication of results.


Attend pertinent research seminars and investigate new research articles at the request of principal investigator and on own volition.


Ability to work well in a collaborative research team is required.


Periodically mentor undergraduate and graduate student in a laboratory setting.

an ability to understand the theoretical basis of the work being performed.



Preferred Schedule:
Monday-Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Position Requirements:



Minimum Education:

PhD, MD, DO, or PharmD


Prior Experience:

No experience required. MD/DO candidates must have completed their clinical training (year 3 of fellowship).


Preferred Field of Study:

Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, or related field.



Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) or similar Human Research Protections Certification and/or Required Animal Laboratory Use or other Biosafety Training to be completed in first month of employment.


Understanding of general and specific laboratory procedures, and scientific approach and methodologies.  Ability to use independent judgment.  Ability to follow research methodology and protocol.  Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety procedures.  Strong critical thinking, problem solving and attentiveness to detail required. Background in biology, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, or physiology-related field is preferred.  Experience in translational research, mouse models, clinical trials, cell culture, flow cytometry, molecular biology, and/or immune cell functional assays is desirable.



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