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Postdoc in Skeletal Development and Disease

Posted by , on 28 May 2020

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Position description

Join our team! The University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral scholar in the Musculoskeletal Systems Biology Lab (MSBL) of Ronald Kwon ( The lab is housed in the Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine ( in Seattle, Washington. This is an NIH-funded position with potential renewal for up to three years.


The goal of this project is to identify causal genes underlying genetic risk for osteoporosis. Our team has identified genetic variants that protect some individuals from osteoporosis, and make others more susceptible to this disease. To identify the causal genes underlying these risk variants, our lab has developed a rapid zebrafish-based pipeline for the prediction of human skeletal gene function. The candidate will use this pipeline to identify novel genes regulating bone biology and which mediate genetic risk for osteoporosis. Projects feature in vivo modeling in zebrafish, CRISPR-based gene editing, next generation phenotyping, and bioinformatics.


About the MSBL

The MSBL has three major research thrusts: 1) genetic risk for osteoporosis, 2) axial skeletal development, and 3) appendage regeneration. Our focus is on taking bold, innovative approaches.

The MSBL believes that diverse experiences and perspectives are mandatory for scientific excellence ( We welcome all willing participants – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, beliefs, or socioeconomic or cultural background – and work to support each other through trust, encouragement, and honest feedback.


What we are looking for

We are not looking for specific experience or skill but rather candidates with a strong interest in our work. We are also looking for candidates with any combination of the following: curious, creative, passionate learners, willing to take risks, and motivated to take on new challenges. Finally, we are looking for candidates who possess excellent communication skills and a strong commitment to diversity.



Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in engineering, life sciences, or a related field at the time of start date.


Application instructions

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to

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