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Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical College Of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
Organization Type
Position Description:


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is accepting applications for a post-doctoral research fellow. The fellow will work primarily with Dr. Anna Palatnik on NIH-funded projects in the areas of gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The fellow will have the opportunity to collect data through interviews and/or surveys, analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and lead manuscript writing, preparation, and submission. There will also be an opportunity to submit a diversity supplement award. Fellows will receive regular mentoring from Dr. Palatnik and others as appropriate. The position is a 1-year appointment with a renewable additional 1 year, with a flexible start date, competitive salary and fringe benefits, and available resources for career development.

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:
  • Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
  • Participate in a newly funded NIH research program aimed at improving health outcomes of birthing people
  • Will have unique access to large cohorts of patient samples and related datasets with opportunity to translate findings into clinical trials
  • Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
  • Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
  • Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
  • Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
  • As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.
  • Will receive an outstanding mentorship for tailoring position and project to meet candidate's career goals

Preferred Schedule:

7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Position Requirements:

Primary Functions
  • Plan, design and execute complex research studies, procedures and protocols.
  • Coordinate research study activities: lead and manage projects.
  • Oversee organization, synthesis and analysis of data and findings.
  • Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts.
  • Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff in which you will evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, and design and evaluate lab procedures.
  • Maintain supplies, may require negotiation with vendors, and track purchase orders.
  • Assist with grant writing.

Knowledge - Skills - Abilities

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a clinical, health, or social science discipline such as population health sciences, sociology, psychology, or anthropology. Applicants should have strong record of academic training, proven research experience, and skills in qualitative and quantitative methods. Must have strong communication skills in verbal and written English and a track record of publication.

Organizational Structure

Building: Translational and Biomedical Research Center

Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Division: Research and Education

Reports to (Title): PI and Research Operations Manager

Direct Reports (Titles): PI

Collaborates with (Titles): Scientists, Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Technologist, Faculty, IBC,



Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field or MD

Preferred Education: PhD

Preferred Experience: 1 year or more of post-doctoral experience

Field: Solid background in molecular biology, cancer biology, genetics or

similar field. Experience with in vitro cancer models and/or bioinformatic

analysis of large multi-omic datasets


Grade Name NULL

Full-Time Equivalent 1.0

FLSA Status Exempt

FLSA Test Learned Professional

Workweek Full-time role with expectations for coverage during core business hours and flexibility requirired as

necessary to accommodate business needs.

Job ID 283

Job Name Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Category Research Services (RS)

Job Scope

Complexity - regularly applied judgment to accomplish tasks; develops policies and procedures

Impact - errors may cause moderate to serious damage; accuracy highly important

Autonomy - performs work independently with regular check-ins; supervision available as needed

Communication - occasionally resolves conflicts; adapts communication style to audiences

Responsibility - advises others

Confidentiality - regularly prepares and uses confidential information

Leadership - acts as a role model

Physical Requirements

Work requires occasionally lifting moderate weight materials, standing, or walking continuously.

Risk Potential

Little or no exposure to hazards such as dust, fumes, or extreme temperatures, airborne or blood borne pathogens, extreme temperatures, or allergens.

Sensory Acuity

Ability to detect and translate speech or other communication required. May occasionally require the ability to distinguish colors and perceive relative distances between objects.

Work Environment

Occasional exposure to dust, noise, temperature changes, or contact with water or other liquids. Work is performed in an environmentally controlled environment.

Performance Dimensions


Exhibit confidentiality, honesty, and actions that build trust and strengthen relationships. Listen to others and effectively communicate in a clear and concise manner through written and verbal communication. Demonstrate respect and commitment to the values of diversity and equity; seek out and incorporate diverse perspectives into decision making.

Excellence and Creativity

Exhibit initiative and ingenuity by taking ownership of tasks to proactively improve services, avoid problems, or develop opportunities. Generate novel and valuable ideas to impact institutional missions.

Identify and implement new methods to increase efficiency and quality.

Education and Development

Displays an ongoing commitment to continuous learning and self-improvement in one's area of responsibility. Actively seek out mentorship and learning opportunities that can be applied to current and future work activities. Develop and maintain professional affiliations. Participate in design, development, and/or evaluation of instructional materials, methods, courses, or programs.

Agility and Judgment

Remain flexible and versatile in rapidly changing environment and adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Change behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal. Make timely and sound decisions based on analysis of information, experience, and logic. Show reliability and accountability in the successful completion of all work.

Stewardship and Institutional Citizenship

Support transformational change to achieve institutional vision and strategies. Be an active and thoughtful participant in institutional initiatives, meetings, and committee work. Conserve resources and use in an efficient and cost effective manner across all institutional missions. Look for ways to improve and promote quality within area of influence.


Background Check

Employment in this position may be contingent upon successfully completing a background and criminal history check, caregiver background check in accordance with the Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check

Law, physical examination, and / or driving record check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Medical College of Wisconsin is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Medical College of Wisconsin defines diversity as a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of individual differences in an environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement. The diversity of MCW continues to be an important source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments.


Employees that have access to MCW, affiliate, subsidiary, or student data or Protected Health Information

(PI), or research protected information are obligated to protect the confidentiality and proper use and access of this information in order to prevent loss, misuse, unauthorized access, unnecessary identification, or security breaches.


This is not an employment contract and the Medical College of Wisconsin may modify this document at any time. This document is intended to indicate the types of tasks and levels of skill, effort, and responsibility required by positions assigned this title. This information shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of direct reports. The functions described are not to be interpreted as exclusive or all-inclusive of the various functions performed.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.


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