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Sanford Health Post Doctoral Fellow - Research CHR Cobre Project in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Post Doctoral Fellow | Research CHR Cobre Project | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Department : Cellular & Stem Cell - Indirect

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


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.

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.


Responds to shifting priorities while maintaining progress of regularly scheduled work. Approaches a complex problem by breaking it down into its component parts. Demonstrates experience engendering collaborative processes that lead to problem solving and the achievement of business goals. Processes large quantities of detailed information with high levels of accuracy. Makes sound recommendations when faced with complex and contradictory alternatives. Promotes an organizational culture that balances individual initiative and team collaboration and sharing of successes. Establishes critical processes and their controls. Documents plans with clear objectives, action steps, accountabilities, resource requirements and timelines. Uses varying problem-solving approaches and techniques as appropriate. Incorporates data from multiple Office files into a single, complex document. Demonstrates an ability to adapt to continuous change in work demands. Selects and applies appropriate supplies and equipment for a research study. Delivers written and oral communication, responds to questions and concerns, and produce specific outcomes and impact. Participates in delivery of training via various methods for existing lesson plans.


A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the Tao laboratory in the group of Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies at Sanford Research. The Tao lab ( uses mouse models and human cells to discover genetic determinants of cell plasticity, self-renewal, and differentiation in bone progenitor cells as well as those factors in the cancer stem cell niche that promotes osteosarcoma. This position will have a dual focus on the skeletal biology and bone cancer. This position will require contributions both as an individual and as part of a team, as well as mentorship to junior lab members. The Tao lab has broad expertise in developmental biology, protein biochemistry, model organism genetics and genomics, signal transduction, and molecular biology, and provides a vibrant research environment for career advancement toward academic or industry positions.

Candidate requirements: we are looking for a highly motivated individual with a PhD in a biomedical sciences related field, with at least one first author publication. A successful candidate must be committed to a career in research in bone biology, mouse models, and/or cancer genetics, epigenetics, and therapeutics. The candidate should be able to drive an individual project but also be highly collaborative. A solid skillset and experience in molecular and cell biology is essential. The candidate should be independent, enthusiastic, and have good communication skills with fluency in English.

To apply, please send an email to with your curriculum vitae, a cover letter clearly stating your motivation and future research interests/plans and the names/contact information of at least three referees. Please indicate “Postdoc application” in the subject line.


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.

Prior experience in

writing peer-reviewed publications using bone and/or cancer cell culture,

western blotting, immunostaining, RNA sequencing, bone histology, microscopy

and microCT is preferred. Someone with working knowledge of R is desirable. Experience

in mouse genetics, cancer biology, stem cells, skeletal biology and/or NOTCH

associated diseases would be an advantage, but is not mandatory.

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City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Job Function: Research

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD08321