Positions available in the C. elegans Undiagnosed Disease Network
Model Organism Screening Center

C. elegans has joined Phase II of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) to provide
in vivo functional information that may support a candidate disease gene-variant in
contributing to an undiagnosed patient’s condition.


We are looking for individuals to join the Schedl/Pak group, leading the C. elegans UDN
Model Organism Screening Center as part of a team effort, which includes researchers,
bioinformaticians and clinicians, to provide a diagnosis for patients with severe, chronic
disease that remain without a diagnosis despite extensive medical evaluation.

Positions are open at a senior level including Staff Scientist, Instructor, Research Assistant
Professor, as well as Postdoctoral Fellow, depending of level of experience, expertise,
management and leadership skills.

This work is very rewarding as directed research with your favorite model organism can
help patients and families, leads to the identification of new disease genes and can, in some
cases, provide functional information that contributes to understanding disease
mechanism. It will also be possible to develop a follow-up independent research program
from one or more of the cases.

Experience in C. elegans, genetics, molecular, cellular, developmental or neurobiology is
advantageous, but not required. The desired candidate is a team player with a strong work
ethic. International scientists and US citizens are equally eligible for these fully funded

Washington University is a premier medical research institution, highly collaborative with
strengths in model organism basic science and clinical research.
St Louis is a diverse multicultural environment that is friendly,
very affordable and has easy access to numerous indoor and outdoor activities.

For more information or to apply, email Tim Schedl <ts@wustl.edu>. To apply, send cover
letter, a CV and contacting formation for three letters of reference.

Tim Schedl, Department of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
Stephen Pak, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine