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Sanford Health Post Doctoral Fellow | Pilaz Lab | Brain Development - Neurodevelopmental Diseases in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Facility: Sanford Center Building
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Address: 2301 East 60th St N, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
Shift: 8 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00

Department Details

The Pilaz lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism, microcephaly and other forms of intellectual disabilities.

Job Summary

Post Doctoral Fellow will perform independent scientific research including complex laboratory testing, experiments and analysis following established protocols. Designs and develops research objectives for experimentation. Analyzes and evaluates findings. The Pilaz lab ( at Sanford Research has an opening position for a postdoctoral fellow or a staff scientist to work on projects related to embryonic development of the cerebral cortex.

The Pilaz lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental diseases such as autism, microcephaly and other forms of intellectual disabilities. Within the lab, the candidate would use the mouse model to investigate key aspects of neuron and neural stem cell behaviors. Current projects in the lab are related to: regulation of chromatin accessibility, RNA trafficking and local protein synthesis. Responsibilities include generation of omics analyses, in utero electroporation, histology, and time-lapse imaging of RNA metabolism in live tissue.

The candidate for this positions must have a PhD or equivalent, should have excellent communication skills (both oral and written), be highly organized, and work well in a team. The candidate must be able to perform independent scientific research including the design and development of research objectives for experimentation; analyze and evaluate findings; assist in the completion of grant applications and regulatory documents; write technical summaries and co-author articles for publication; prepare and make formal presentations of research results; and be able to work under broad direction of principal investigator.

Individuals with expertise in neural stem cell, neuron, chromatin or RNA biology are encouraged to apply. Ideal skills are: surgery on small animals, molecular biology, bioinformatics and advanced microscopy.

For more information on Sanford Research visit: . To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter and a list of three references to with the subject line “Postdoctoral fellow - Pilaz lab”.

Other responsibilites

Assists in completion of grant applications and other regulatory documents. Writes technical summaries and co-authors articles for publication. Prepares and makes formal presentations of research results.

Typically works under broad direction of principal investigator. High level of knowledge in scientific research processes, procedures, and objectives. Possesses ability to implement experiments in the subject discipline with the ability to trouble shoot issues. Good knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline required.

Teach principles and techniques of medical and laboratory procedures to junior individuals working in the lab. Possesses ability to run complex pieces of equipment requiring advanced specialized training. Possesses knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis. Significant experience in analyzing and evaluating data.

General level of knowledge of project management, decision-making, and analytical skills. Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with a research group or team. Sanford Research is a multi-site institution and occasional local travel between sites may be required.


Requires a doctorate degree in a clinical, health, or life science field.

Management experience is highly recommended. Selected from national applicant pool or known to be nationally competitive.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Job Function: Research
Req Number: R-68059
Featured: No