Nationwide Children's Hospital

Research Scientist - Kidney/Metabolism Research

Posted Date 2 months ago(3/31/2022 7:20 AM)
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We are seeking a Research Scientist - The Zepeda-Orozco Lab studies the implications of tubular epithelial cells mitochondrial metabolism and oxidative stress in acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease progression. Its research is devoted to the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for prevention and targeted treatment of acute kidney injury-induced progressive kidney damage.


Dr. Diana Zepeda-Orozco’s Lab:

Zepeda-Orozco Lab (


Works under the mentorship of an established AWRI (Abigail Wexner Research Institute) principal investigator or Senior Research Scientists to design experiments and develop protocols to conduct research in a specific scientific area.  From the results of studies, helps to develop hypotheses for further investigation.  Oversees biobanking process for samples used in laboratory research.  Prepares technical materials such as abstracts, annual reports, scientific papers, and presentations.  Publishes scientific articles in appropriate refereed journals.  Works toward a goal of becoming independent in his/her research effort, and eventually obtaining external research funding.  Oversees/manages colonies of mice used for kidney injury research.

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What Will You Be Doing?


  • With minimal guidance from a mentor, design experiments and develops protocols required to conduct productive research in a specific scientific area. Mouse work will be required.  After the study has been designed, performs the research work in accordance with the protocol.
  • Helps to train and supervise technical support staff in performing specific techniques essential to carrying out the research program.
  • Records and analyzes data generated by the research study, and helps to plan future research endeavors.
  • Prepares scientific and technical papers from the results of the research work. Publishes papers in appropriate refereed scientific journals as outlined above. Presents findings at local and national research forums.
  • If appropriate, collaborates with other ongoing research efforts either at RI or at The Ohio State University.
  • This is considered a training position therefore the PI will allow a trainee 5 years to advance beyond the level of Post Doc.
  • Works toward research independence. Prepares to submit proposals and significantly contributes to submissions to external granting agencies.


What Are We Looking For?

To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or related field
  • Experience with mitochondrial metabolism and/or metabolomics research preferred
  • Ability to do technical writing, and good communication skills.


Minimum Physical Requirements:


Percent of time spent on:

25%     Designing and developing protocols

25%     Performing research work

25%     Recording and analyzing data generated by research study

10%     Preparing scientific and technical papers

03%     Liaison with OSU researchers

02%     Miscellaneous paperwork associated with research


Minimum physical requirements:

100%    Kneeling / reaching

100%    Finger dexterity

100%    Talking / hearing / seeing

  33%    Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes


Pressure in this position will vary depending on the workload.  The workload will be heavy but manageable most of the time.  Pressure may arise in the face of deadlines associated research and manuscript writing. 

EOE M/F/Disability/Vet


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