Research Fellow - 21439BR

Research Fellow

Department: 
Pharmacy Practice
Location/Division: 
University of Ks Medical Ctr
Work Location Assignment: 
On-Site
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

A Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Britt in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The selected candidate will conduct independent and collaborative research investigating research frontiers in precision medicine and data science in the fields of infectious diseases and pulmonary/critical care medicine. These include, but are not limited to, identifying novel biomarkers for sepsis due to multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, deep immunophenotyping of patients with sepsis, and evaluation of host-directed immunotherapeutic treatments for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. The fellowship will include learning specialized skills in bioinformatics and data science to incorporate advanced high-dimensional analysis and machine learning algorithms to prediction of outcomes in patients with severe infection and sepsis. Additionally, research will involve implementation of novel high-throughput technologies into collaborative, multi-site clinical studies.

Collaborative research responsibilities will include contributing to study design, blood sample processing and biobanking, cell culture (mammalian cell and bacterial), and pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic analyses. Additional opportunities for analysis of high-dimensional data (e.g., RNA-seq, proteomics, flow cytometry), statistical modeling, and manuscript/grant writing are available. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative and productive environment, which provides unique training opportunities from leading faculty members in infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care medicine, immunology, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Britt and his lab work at the interface of microbiology, immunology, and systems biology/epidemiology to discover novel therapeutic strategies for the management of “superbug” infections, using in vitro, ex vivo, and computational approaches. His group has published award-winning research in leading journals in the field, including Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (https://brittlab.com/publications/).The position is funded through the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice at the KU Medical campus (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas.

A fellowship will last two years and upon successful completion, the fellow will receive a certificate of completion of a Fellowship in Academic Pharmaceutical Research signed by the Fellow’s sponsor, Chair of Pharmacy Practice and the Dean of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups and those committed to excellence and who can contribute to the University's innovative, collaborative, and multidisciplinary initiatives to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that will change the world. See http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives.

Job Description

75% - Plan, coordinate, conduct and publish research in the area of pulmonary/critical care medicine and infectious diseases.

10% - Assist in the training and professional development of undergraduate and graduate level researchers.

5 % - Laboratory management responsibilities, including: equipment maintenance, ordering of supplies, compliance with laboratory safety protocols.

5% - Grant writing

5% - Attend and participate in scientific group meetings and seminars.

Required Qualifications

  1. A terminal degree in Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy from an ACPE accredited school with or without a M.S.) or PhD degree in molecular biology, computational biology, epidemiology, or related field.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview.
  3. Documented experience in research data analysis.
NOTE: To be appointed, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Research experience in publication record in infectious diseases or sepsis.
  2. Proficiency in at least one of the following statistical software packages (R, SAS, Python, Perl, SPSS).

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will consist of online application, attached cover letter addressing specifically how the applicant meets the required qualifications, current CV, and contact information of 3 professional references. For full consideration please apply before 4/15/2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Nicholas Britt
913-588-5391
nbritt@ku.edu


Advertised Salary Range

52,000.00

Application Review Begins

15-Apr-2022

Anticipated Start Date

01-Jul-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
21439BR
Department:
Pharmacy Practice
Primary Campus:
University of Ks Medical Ctr
Work Location Assignment:
On-Site
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
15-Apr-2022