Position Description: We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a passion for research and the ability to independently perform research, write manuscripts, and assist with grant proposal writing, to join our research program. Primary duties and responsibilities will include pre-clinical studies to develop a novel immunotherapy to treat HIV.
Responsibilities: 80% Research: Planning and performance of complex daily and weekly experiments. The candidate must have the ability to solve problems with experiments and equipment independently and have the desire and ability to provide ongoing intellectual contributions to research program such as exploring new possible approaches to problems or suggesting new interpretation of data. This position requires the candidate to have the ability and assume the responsibility to correctly prepare and execute experiments with little direction from a senior researcher and/or defined protocols. Proper review and adaptation of scientific literature as directed by the investigator will be required to develop complex scientific procedures and to remain current with continual advances in scientific knowledge. Duties may include: culturing and maintaining bacterial stocks and eukaryotic cells; preparation of solutions; DNA and RNA preparation; preparation of retroviral vectors for cell immunotherapy; animal (mouse) handling; working with tissues from animals and humans infected with viruses, RT-PCR; immunohistochemistry, in situ tetramer staining, RNAscope, confocal and light microscopy, Western immunoblotting and flow cytometry. Duties will also include: summarizing, analyzing and interpreting data, statistical analysis, organizing and tabulating data into presentable formats, maintaining a scientific notebook, and presenting results at lab meetings and other scientific meetings.
15% Grant and manuscript preparation.
5% Assist with overseeing and managing the lab, lab staff, and students. This effort may be increased to train and oversee undergraduate student projects. Tasks may also include: general laboratory operation and maintenance,IACUC applications, biosafety docs and training, and misc duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: M.S. ,Ph.D., DVM, or MD with a strong research background in microbiology, immunology, biomedical sciences or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications: â—First author publications â—Effective oral and written communication skills â—Experience with immunotherapy and in vivo models â—Expertise with molecular biology, cell biology, immunohistochemistry, and/or flow cytometry â—Experience working with HIV or other infectious agents
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.