Investigator - Hematopoiesis - Research

Job Locations US-WI-Wauwatosa
Research and Development
Position Type
Full Time


Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious. We are home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, we enable life saving gifts from our donors, and provide the science behind the medicine through our diagnostic laboratories. Versiti brings together outstanding minds with unparalleled experience in transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, oncology and genomics, diagnostic lab services, and medical and scientific expertise. This combination of skill and knowledge results in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for hospitals, blood centers, hospital systems, research and educational institutions, and other health care providers. At Versiti, we are passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping our healthcare partners thrive.

Position Summary

The Versiti Blood Research Institute (VBRI), located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an academic center for innovative research in hematology to improve health. VBRI science spans the entire research spectrum, from basic mechanistic inquiry to clinical-translational and population-based research. The VBRI currently houses 25 principal investigators with five focuses areas- Hematopoiesis, Glycobiology, Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Transfusion Medicine, and Immunology. The VBRI has started a significant expansion of its research capacity, with the goal of adding 18 new PIs over a 5–7-year period. Designs for a new 60,000 – 80,000 ft2 research building are under development, with completion anticipated for late 2025.

We seek to enhance our research program in hematopoiesis, both normal and malignant. Areas of interest include but are not limited to clonal hematopoiesis, hematopoietic stem cell biology, metabolism, glycobiology, computational approaches, lymphoid and myeloid malignancies, and the hematopoietic niche. Investigators at all academic ranks with a research program focused on blood cell development are encouraged to apply. These positions provide attractive start-up packages and outstanding opportunities for collaboration with basic, translational, and clinical investigators. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The VBRI is located on the same campus as the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Froedtert Hospital, which facilitates collaboration, provides additional research breadth, and enables access to graduate students. VBRI faculty typically hold an appointment at MCW, including clinical departments, to facilitate translational research.

Entirely focused on hematology, the VBRI provides a unique environment for hematology research, reflected by its long record of scientific excellence and innovation since its founding over seventy years ago. Starting with the recent recruitment of Dr. Michael Deininger, an international leader in myeloproliferative neoplasms, the VBRI is strategically strengthening its programs in malignant hematology and hematopoiesis to promote both mechanistic and clinical-translational science. We are committed to impactful, rigorous science that can change lives.

Who are we looking for?

Eligible candidates will have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Candidates of all academic ranks are welcomed. Successful candidates will have track records of creativity and productivity, a desire to integrate into our exciting, collaborative, and growing community of researchers, and a dedication to contributing to our values of diversity and openness. They will be expected to develop a productive and innovative research program, obtain extramural funding, and participate actively in education, training, and mentorship. The VBRI works to attract, design, and retain a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We believe that societal change requires actions, not words, and are deeply committed to diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and thought to advance excellence in science and medicine.

How do you apply?

Qualified applicants should submit a single pdf containing a cover letter, CV, summary of research accomplishments, and future research plans (four pages maximum) and request up to four letters of recommendation be sent to Versiti is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and strongly encourages applications from individuals in groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Versiti is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation.


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  • Defines and implements a fundable research program.
  • Obtains funding from sources outside of the BCW.
  • Holds a faculty appointment at the Associate Professor Level at a local University/Medical School.
  • Maintains an active scientific publications record.
  • Contributes to growth and viability of BCW Science and Technology programs.
  • Mentors pre/post doctoral Fellows and Research Scientists.
  • Has supervisory and management responsibilities within the laboratory group.
  • Trains, directs, and mentors staff within the laboratory group.
  • Directs laboratory and Research Staff Meetings.
  • Adheres to BCW, Bio-safety, NRC and OSHA procedures and regulations.
  • Grant administration and budget responsibilities
  • May prepare and/or authorize requisitions for ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards



  • M.D required
  • PhD required
  • or equivalent degree (e.g., D.Sc.) required


  • Established track record of scientific accomplishment, as evidenced by consistent, high-quality contributions to the scientific literature required
  • Demonstrated success in sustaining extramural funding to support a majority of his/her research program required
  • Recognized impact on his/her scientific field, as evidenced by invitations to speak at University seminars, national and international scientific meetings, and symposia required
  • Participation in peer review of grants and manuscripts required
  • History of successful mentoring of post-doctoral fellows and/or graduate students required
  • Eligible to hold a University faculty appointment at the level of Associate Professor required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective collaborations with scientific colleagues to further research goals. required
  • Demonstrated ability to independently apply understanding of scientific theory to the structure and execution of research experiments. required
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and explain the theoretical basis of the work performed. required
  • Immediate proficiency in basic and sophisticated tests and procedures required in the scientific field. required
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills. required
  • Strong detail orientation and analytical ability. required
  • Excellent problem solving skills. required
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and meet deadlines. required
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate and plan the work of several individuals involved in a project. required
  • Computer literate with an emphasis on graphics, graphing, data management, and statistical applications. required

Tools and Technology

  • Specialized research laboratory equipment required
  • Personal computer required


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