The University of Pittsburgh is currently seeking a qualified Senior Research Scientist for the translational laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics. The incumbent is responsible for highly specialized laboratory work and technical analysis. The successful candidate will participate in a research program focused on the overall goals of the General Academic Pediatrics Translational Science Unit to understand the interaction between bacteria, viruses, and the host during frequently occurring pediatric infections.
This position will have a special emphasis on urinary tract infection microbiology and immunology. He/she must have specialized expertise in molecular biology and/or immunology. Previous experience in microbial aseptic technique and culturing, sample preservation, record keeping, and data analysis (shell scripting, R, python, etc.) is preferred. Additional responsibilities include specialized cultures, bioinformatics, microbiology, microbiome research, transcriptomics, and demonstrated willingness to learn bioinformatic methods for microbiome analyses and RNA sequencing. This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, motivated individual to work with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, basic scientists, and statisticians aiming to make seminal contributions towards improving the health of children. The candidate will be expected to participate in project planning, experimental design, data management, data analysis/interpretation, and manuscript/grant preparation. We have rich datasets to mine and publish from previous large clinical studies and currently have several pipelines supported by NIH-R01s. The PI will directly mentor and supervise the candidate, working closely and meeting often in a collegial environment.
The candidate and PI will work together to design a specific program for development of needed skills within the scope of the Translational Science Unit. This position is located at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville. PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required prior to the start of employment. Also, a current TB test will be required as a condition of employment. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Doctoral degree (or professional degree/specialized technical training) required with at least 6-9 years of post-graduate research experience (or equivalent combination) in related field of study.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets
Minimum Experience Level Required: 6-9 years experience
Work Schedule: This position will require flexibility with shift/hours and may be required to work on the evenings and weekends.
Hiring Range: $62,556.00 - $102,180.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.
Required Documents: Resume
Optional Documents: Cover Letter
Internal Number: 20004888
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.