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Postdoctoral Fellow or Associate in Postnatal Intestinal Development

Boston Children's Hospital, O'Connell lab
Boston, Massachusetts
65,000-75,000, depending on years of experience
Closing date
16 Aug 2024

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Biomedicine, Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

The O’Connell lab studies regulation of intestinal and immune development in the premature infant and neonate. We are seeking a curious and creative postdoctoral fellow or postdoctoral associate to lead a project to advance our investigations into the role of postnatal exposures in modulating gut development, particularly in premature infants. Pertinent biological components of this project include developmental biology, stem cell function, and intestinal-immune interactions. An ideal candidate would have experience in intestinal epithelial biology and/or mucosal immunology.

In additional to its scientific aims, our lab also aims to foster a more diverse and inclusive academia. LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates with disabilities and “first-generation” scientists. As a member of a team science lab environment, you will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to our lab culture. Please learn more about our lab at


Job Qualifications:

Ph.D. in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, or other highly relevant field (or medical doctorate with relevant research experience)

Experience with a variety of analytic approaches such as flow cytometry, RNASeq, and immunofluorescence microscopy.

Ability to work with both human and animal-based models R or Python programming expertise is a plus, but not mandatory

Excellent oral and written English language skills

History of manuscript productivity is needed to be a competitive applicant

Strong references

Preference for working in a highly collaborative, team-based laboratory culture



Design and implement experimental approaches

Mastery of the relevant literature and continued monitoring

Oversight of research assistant(s) in the lab

Contribute to laboratory meetings

Be available to give advice/feedback on complimentary projects in the lab

Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive electronic lab manual

Prepare manuscripts for publication

Occasionally present work at conferences and meetings

Be open to collaborations with other research groups

Some weekends and off hours may be needed


Insurances: Healthcare (Choice of HMO or PPO), dental, vision, disability, life.

Also options for FSA/HSA contributions and legal plan. Commuter benefits.

Retirement - 403(b) available for personal contributions from time of hire.  After 2.5 years of service the hospital makes a 4% contribution annually.

Parental Leave benefits.

Vacation – 20 days paid off per year.

Professional development/continuing education - 5 additional days paid off per year.

Additional schedule flexibility is available, with approval from PI.

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