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Sanford Health Staff Scientist - Baack Lab in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Staff Scientist | Baack Lab | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Department : Sanford Research – Environmental Influences in Health and Disease

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Staff Scientist performs 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.

Possesses ability to run complex pieces of equipment requiring advanced specialized training. Must possess 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. Required publications and funding upon appointment is minimal. Sanford Research is a multi-site institution and occasional local travel between sites may be required.

Responsibilities include managing a small, but growing basic

and translational research program alongside a physician scientist. Direct

studies to understand the role of mitochondria and metabolism in developmentally

programmed disease. Develop feasible prevention and therapeutics that will improve

short and long-term cardiometabolic health of offspring exposed to diabetic

pregnancy. Managerial duties include oversight of lab staff, experimental

design, data analyses and interpretation, mentorship of trainees, manuscript

writing, assisting with grant development. Candidates should have excellent

communication skills (both oral and written), be highly organized, and work

well in a team. Candidates 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.


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. Delivers written and oral communication, responds to questions and concerns, and produce specific outcomes and impact. Selects and applies appropriate supplies and equipment for a research study.


The Baack Lab is seeking experienced and motivated applicants to help lead funded research studying the molecular mechanisms of developmentally programmed heart disease in offspring born diabetic and/or dyslipidemic mothers. Our goal is to use basic science experiments to develop translatable, precision-based predictors and interventions that will improve both short and long-term outcomes of high-risk mothers and babies. Our lab uses rat models, primary isolated cardiomyocytes, human-umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells (hu-MSC) and derived 3D cardiogenic models to study the consequences of hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia on cardiac development and disease. We have a very strong lipid, mitochondria, and metabolic focus. Priority will be given to applicants with experience or strong working knowledge of animal physiology (echocardiography), cellular bioenergetics (XF analyses in intact and permeabilized cells), and/or a wide array of mitochondrial assays (respiration, confocal imaging, dynamism, mitochondrial reticulum, mitochondrial transplants and cross-talk between nuclear and mitochondrial genes). Publications that describe this work include: PMID: 26801311, 26872351, 29166372, and 31242551 or the following link:


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

Minimum of three years post-doctoral experience in related subject field of study. Equivalent to Instructor. Management experience is highly recommended.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.

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In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth.

We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.

We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

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City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Job Function: Research

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD12018