Associate Researcher - 11142BR

Associate Researcher

Department: 
Higuchi Biosciences Center
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

This position will involve conducting basic and applied research in the area of immunology, immunological methods, vaccine development and animal models of microbial (bacterial) infections. This individual will be expected to develop an independent research program and serve as a principal investigator on proposals to external funding agencies and to become engaged in the academic and scholarly activities of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. These activities include, but are not limited to, performing collaborative research with academic faculty, supervising students at all levels in their research, serving on research related departmental and/or college committees, and organizing, attending, and presenting at professional conferences and seminars.

Job Description

40% - Conduct basic and/or applied research that involves generation of vaccines and vaccine formulations that can be tested with suitable adjuvants in multiple animal models, molecular basis for of host/pathogen interactions, direction of graduate and undergraduate students and the rigorous pursuit of external funding.

20% - Direct the Immunology Core Laboratory established as part of the Kansas Vaccine Institute.

10% - Collaborate with faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, along with faculty from across the University and external academic and industry collaborators in cutting edge interdisciplinary research.

10% - Contribute to the graduate/postgraduate training mission of the department, including participation in graduate training and the mentoring and professional development of graduate research students and postdoctoral fellows.

10% - Participate in the training of undergraduate students in the lab including promoting undergraduate research.

5% - Participate in the regular department seminar series and strive to advocate the department research mission by presenting research at professional meetings and through invited seminars.

5% - Take part in other activities that are at the core of the Department’s overall mission including outreach, in-house service and professional service.


Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the area of microbiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, immunology or a suitably-related field in the biological sciences.
  2. At least two years of postdoctoral experience in the generation of subunit vaccine formulations and the comprehensive analysis of immune responses to these vaccines and measures of protective efficacy.
  3. A record of publication in peer-reviewed journals as evidence of scholarly achievement.
  4. Demonstration of an interdisciplinary approach to research.
  5. Demonstrated experience in the preparation of proposals for the acquisition of intramural and/or extramural research funding.
  6. Experience in the use of FACS, ELISpot MSD plate reader systems and other specialized instrumentation for detailed analysis of mammalian immune responses is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated research productivity in one or more areas related to the development of bacterial subunit vaccines targeting the specialized type III secretion system.
  2. Demonstrated success in obtaining research support.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include an online application, a detailed curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications begins May 14, 2018 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified

Contact Information to Applicants

Professor Wendy Picking, wendy.picking@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

14-May-2018

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
11142BR
Department:
Higuchi Biosciences Center
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
14-May-2018
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