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Post Doctoral Fellow
This position is responsible for performing and support research focused towards the development of vaccines and immunotherapies against various respiratory pathogens including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Assist in testing new vaccine antigens and perform research to understand the immune response to the pathogen.
- Manage vaccine evaluation trials.
- Infection, monitoring, and data collection of animal models of infection in relation to vaccination.
- Develop new laboratory protocols and methods.
- Assist undergraduate and graduate students on their research projects.
- Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources.
- Write proposals, papers, and abstracts to attract research funds.
- Write and present experimental findings
- PhD degree in microbiology, immunology, or other related field.
- Ability to work with mice.
- Molecular biology skills and competency.
- Knowledge of immunology and associated experimental methods.
- Skilled at studying antibodies: monoclonal antibody generation, epitope mapping, optimization.
- Interested in next generation sequencing methods to study bacterial transcriptomes during infection
- Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Ability to document, write, and present the results of research.
This position is responsible for performing and support research focused towards the development of vaccines against respiratory pathogens. In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Standard bacteriology such as culturing of bacteria and characterizing the properties of the organisms.
- Genetic engineering which includes manipulation of DNA and development of strains of bacteria.
- Biochemical techniques such as protein purification.
- Gene expression profiling by qualitative polymerase chain reaction and protein quantification.
- Infection, monitoring and data collection of animal models of infection in relation to vaccination.
- Ordering, receiving, and managing the inventory of laboratory reagents.
- Assisting undergraduate and graduate students on their research projects.
- Bachelor's degree in biology, or other related field
- Six (6) months of experience in biological research (undergraduate research experience acceptable) or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
- Strong organization and multitasking skills are absolutely required for this position.
- Knowledge of bacteria and eukaryotic organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Knowledge of chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo.
- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Experience with culture of bacteria and eukaryotic cells.
- Familiarity with polymerase chain reaction, gene expression analysis, Western blot analysis of proteins.
- Purification of DNA, RNA, or proteins from bacteria or cells.
- Data analysis such as basic statistics and spreadsheets.
- Clear oral and written communication skills.