Post-Doctoral Research Associate
The Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, seeks a Research Associate to join the Hughes laboratory.
The Research Associate is a post-doctoral candidate who is expected to conduct research investigating mechanisms of antimicrobial action and bacterial strategies of resistance. The overarching focus of these studies is the development and characterization of novel bactericidal peptides to combat infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. The position will entail in vitro experiments with Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria including antimicrobial assays, mode-of-action studies, and peptide-based biochemical/molecular analyses. The planned research will also require in vivo animal-model research and imaging using a variety of pathogenic bacteria and infection types.
Additional responsibilities of the position include writing and preparing manuscripts for scientific publication; making presentations at local, national, and/or international conferences; assisting in the preparation of grant applications; and establishing new avenues of research in the laboratory. This position is restricted and contingent upon funding.
Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in the field of Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related fields. Candidates must have prior research experience in a relevant field as evidenced by an appropriate publication record. Priority will be given to candidates with an interest in, and knowledge of, the following areas:
Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years1 and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period.
- Full-time research or scholarship at the University.
- Preparatory for a full-time academic or research career
- Supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship
- In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.
Education: Ph.D. in the field of Microbiology, Biochemistry, or related fields.
Experience: prior research experience in a relevant field as evidenced by an appropriate publication record.
Priority will be given to candidates with an interest in, and knowledge of, the following areas:
- Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
- Antimicrobial resistance in human pathogens
- Microbiology and microbiological techniques
- Peptide labeling and structural determinations
- Pull-down assays and mass spectrometry
- Bacterial genetics and next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based analyses
- Biochemical approaches and cysteine-based methodologies
- Host immune-response and chemotaxis assays
- Murine models of bacterial infection and live-animal imaging
For additional information about the position, please contact Molly A. Hughes, M.D. Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org
This position will remain open until filled. This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.
This job involves minimally to moderately demanding tasks that can entail standing or sitting for long periods of time while working at the lab bench and walking/moving around the laboratory and relevant areas of the building on the same floor or other floors.
This is an Exempt level, benefited position. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter at email@example.com
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