The West Virginia University Research Corporation is seeking applications for a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Vaccine Development center of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology. The main goal is to develop improved pertussis vaccines. The incumbent postdoctoral fellow would be focused on two projects: 1) in vivo gene expression analysis of Bordetella and 2) pertussis vaccine development.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Manage vaccine evaluation trials. This would include ordering of necessary materials and resources, scheduling/coordination, culture of bacteria, challenge, and evaluation of vaccine correlates of protection.
Infection, monitoring, and data collection of animal models of infection in relation to vaccination.
Develop new laboratory protocols and methods.
Attend research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings.
Identify and assist with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources.
Perform laboratory and field experiment activities according to protocol.
a. Independent experimental data analysis.
b. Maintain detailed logs of work related activities
a. Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.
b. Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of experiments.
c. Maintain lab equipment; keep accurate inventory of lab assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of lab equipment.
Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.
Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor; at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.
PhD degree in microbiology, immunology, biomedical science or other related field
Experience in microbiology, immunology, biomedical science or other related field preferred
Background including molecular biology, next generation sequencing, animal models of disease, bacterial pathogenesis, immunology, and vaccinology.
Ability to work with mice, including handling, breeding and dosing.
Molecular biology skills and competency.
Knowledge of immunology
Skilled in performing immune assays such as ELISA, flow cytometry and cell-sorting methods
Skilled at studying antibodies: monoclonal antibody generation, epitope mapping, optimization
And/or knowledge in next generation sequencing methods to study bacterial transcriptomes during infection
Ability to document and present the results of research.
Ability to write speeches and articles for publication.
Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to do strategic planning for program development.
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