We are seeking a dynamic and highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to join our team who is interested in applying advanced multiomic approaches to understand immunity to influenza infection and vaccination. Research in the Driver group is directed at using genetically edited pig models to study the development and maintenance of pulmonary immunity. In this regard, we are especially focused on uncovering how unconventional T cell types (including gamma delta T cells, CD1-restricted T cells, and MR1-restricted T cells) establish and maintain immune homeostasis in the respiratory tract as well as their contribution to immunity against influenza viruses and other pathogens that are important for swine and human health. Our group is dynamic and interactive, and most projects require close teamwork among senior scientists, postdocs, and staff promoting excellent opportunities for acquiring new skills. The successful applicant will be enrolled in the University of Missouri's Research Excellence Postdoc Program that provides training for postdoctoral scholars to successfully pursue external funding. This includes professional development activities provided by the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Education.
Primary responsibilities include producing, analyzing, and publishing data generated on USDA and NIH funded projects researching host-pathogen interactions in genetically edited swine models. We have access to genomics and bioinformatics cores at University of Missouri as well as state-of-the-art genetically edited livestock models through the National Swine Research and Resource Center. The successful applicant will have the opportunity for further training in translational research, in vivo model systems, infectious disease model systems, and a range of immunological techniques.
The candidate is expected to have a PhD with experience in immunology and documented proficiency in verbal and written communication in English by start of the appointment.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
- Prior experience with some of the following techniques; virus replication and infection assays, cell culture, imaging techniques, PCR, ELISA/ELISpot assay, nucleic acids/protein extraction, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and next generation sequencing technologies.
- Experience with large animal systems
- Self-motivation and their capacity for independent evaluation of the literature.
Interested applicants should attach a brief statement of interest and curriculum vitae with contact information for three (3) references.
For specific questions, please contact John P. Driver, PhD; UMC, Bond Life Sciences Center, 1201 Rollins St Office 440F, Columbia, MO 65201; phone ***** or *****
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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