Postdoctoral Research Associate
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Location: Chapel Hill, NC
- Job Number: 7077489
- Posting Date: Apr 21, 2021
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionAbout the Position
Do you love conducting experiments and have an interest in Immunology and Microbiology? Do you want to be a part of a collaborative team that’s been supported by the NIH for 25 years? A team whose research focus has been featured in the NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/13/science/chlamydia-koalas-vaccines.html?searchResultPosition=3 ? Do you want to help advance a ground-breaking preventative vaccine for the leading bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the world?
The Darville Lab is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to join their diverse and international team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology; application form here: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/185572
The appointed candidate should be interested in immunology and vaccinology. They should be motivated to help our team advance the goal of developing and testing a preventative vaccine for Chlamydia trachomatis in humans. Collaborative and NIH-supported, our lab conducts collaborative preclinical vaccine studies with both academic institutions and industry partners, which explore the efficacy of leading T cell vaccine modalities already proven safe and effective in humans, as a route to establishing lasting immunity to chlamydial challenge. Learn more about our program here https://www.med.unc.edu/cvi/.
This role would require you to use multi-parameter cytometry and single cell RNA-sequencing to determine T cell subtype specific signatures associated with protection, and conduct examinations of various adjuvants and routes of immunization to drive protection. As parallel investigation of human responses contribute to high translational potential and vaccine advancement.
The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field, hands-on experience with immune studies in animal models and/or humans and enjoy working collaboratively on a team. Knowledge of T cell immunology, vaccine adjuvants and routes of immunization is a plus. Applicants with experience performing multi-parameter cytometry, EliSpots, transcriptomics, and single cell RNA-sequencing are desired.
Why Join Us
You will gain knowledge and hands-on experience on a diverse suite of experimental approaches, as well as be part of a research team that is conducting cutting edge vaccinology work. This position could be an unparalleled opportunity to expand your skills working with global experts in immunology, bacterial genetics, microbiome analysis, Next Generation Sequencing, human genetics and bioinformatics/biostatistics.
Our lab is located in Chapel Hill, which is a vibrant college town in North Carolina. Dubbed ‘The Southern Part of Heaven,’ the town is famous for its quaint feel with a modern twist. Equidistant from North Carolina’s mountains and its coast, Chapel Hill blends liberal philosophy and Southern culture in a way that borders on the utopian. Chapel Hill is ranked in the top one percent for public transportation use, as many opt to walk and bike to work. With an average of 216 days of sunshine a year, the town is a nature-filled playground for both young adults and families to learn, grow and thrive! Part of the Research Triangle, UNC Chapel Hill is the 6th top-ranked university in the United States for federal research, totaling $721M annually.