Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is available for studying mechanisms of skeletal development, metabolism and repair at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  The lab seeks to elucidate the molecular characteristics and fate determination of mesenchymal stem and progenitor cells in bone, and to understand the role of cellular and systemic metabolism in skeletal health and diseases.  The experimental techniques include transcriptomic or epigenomic profiling by high throughout sequencing, molecular biology, mouse genetics and quantitative metabolic assays.  The researcher will have access to first-rate core facilities both at CHOP and University of Pennsylvania, and enjoy interactions with experts in the fields of skeletal biology and metabolism at both institutions.  An ideal candidate should have PhD or equivalent research experience in cell, molecular or developmental biology with a strong motivation for musculoskeletal research.  

Current research topics include the following.
-Skeletal stem and progenitor cells: The human skeleton is built and maintained by stem and progenitor cells but the identity, location, and control of those cells in the body remain incompletely understood. Ongoing projects aim to track and manipulate those cells genetically by using scRNA-seq and lineage-tracing techniques in animal models.

-Bone metabolism in type I or type II diabetes: Both juvenile and adult diabetes are associated with increased bone fractures. Current studies are uncovering the cellular and molecular basis for the bone frailty in diabetic mouse models, with the goal of discovering new therapeutic targets.
-Skeletal aging: Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis are commonly related with aging, but current treatments are inadequate. Current projects are exploring the connection between changes in cellular metabolism and skeletal health during aging.

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Please direct inquiry or application to Professor Fanxin Long,

Job Responsibilities

  1. Conduct independent scholarly research and develop new methods and protocols
  2. Participate in project planning, recording and evaluation of data
  3. Acquire technical, lab management and grant writing skills
  4. Participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentation at national meetings
  5. Supervise junior lab members
  6. Assist with other research projects

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

  • A terminal degree PhD, MD, DVM, etc.
  • According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Additional Technical Requirements


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