Summary of Duties: The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct basic and applied research on a NIH-funded project involving the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi. Primary responsibilities include characterization of immune evasion mechanisms and host-pathogen interactions.
The incumbent will also be expected, at times, to train graduate students in basic research techniques in molecular biology, microbiology, and murine infection. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and implement new ideas on the project involving the spirochete pathogen.
The appointee will be part of a strong interdisciplinary group of investigators engaged in research to control diseases of international importance. This research will also offer opportunities for collaborative projects with research scientists of the USDA-ARS, Animal Disease Research Unit, housed within the department.
Other responsibilities include analysis of data, maintenance of accurate research records, review of current literature, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings at national and international meetings.
Required Qualifications: MINIMUMEDUCATION PhD in microbiology, biomedical sciences, or related field.
MINIMUMEXPERIENCE Qualified postdoctoral candidates should have first author publications in peer-reviewed journals and previous experience in areas such as molecular biology and microbial genetics.
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