Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Griffith at the University of Minnesota.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a passion for research to join our group to investigate sepsis pathophysiology with the intention of developing therapies to improve patient outcomes. Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Each year ~2 million adult Americans develop sepsis and nearly 270,000 Americans die from sepsis or sepsis-related complications – far more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined.
We use a combination of mouse models of sepsis (e.g., CLP, LPS endotoxemia, cecal slurry, systemic bacterial infection) and human sample analyses to study the impact of sepsis on the immune system. Research areas available for study include: quantitative/qualitative alterations in innate and adaptive (especially CD4 T cells) immune cell populations, changes in microbiome composition and its impact on systemic immunity, and immune endotyping of sepsis patients and ex vivo testing of immune modulators to restore immune cells function. Recent publications from the lab include: Front. Immunol. 11:1786; Cell Reports 28: 1729; J. Immunol. 197: 1692; J. Immunol. 194:1609.
Responsibilities of this role include: • Participation in the design implementations and evaluation of research studies • Collect and analyze data using a variety of observational and analytical techniques • Collaborate on reports and publication of findings • Development of research ideas, projects, and study protocols • Submit applications of new research projects • Preparation and presentation of abstracts • Manuscript writing and submission to scientific journals
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including: • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts • Excellent retirement plans with employer match • Disability and employer paid life insurance • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition • Student loan forgiveness opportunity • Opportunities for growth and promotion • Employee Assistance Program For more information regarding benefits, please click here.
Terminal degree with 1 or more years of research training including work with animals, flow cytometry, and immunological/microbiological assays
PhD or MD with immunology and/or pathology research experience
Practical experience with mouse models of disease and/or human blood sample processing.
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