Searching for two highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers to study the interaction between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and human innate immune cells. The successful candidates will help develop projects characterizing the interaction of M. tuberculosis with macrophages, including the interaction of human lung surfactant with macrophages and/or M. tuberculosis, the human in vitro granuloma model recently developed in the lab and/or the study of macrophages in aging. The candidates will be expected to perform basic research studies, including developing protocols, designing, conducting, and interpreting experiments and collecting and analyzing research data; preparing talks, grants, and manuscripts for publication; critically searching and reading published literature; attending and presenting research results at local and national meetings; attending laboratory meetings; and may train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in studying human responses to diseases, inflammation and immunity. The successful applicants will report to Dr. Larry Schlesinger and his lab director and be part of a larger group of infectious diseases and tuberculosis researchers at Texas Biomed. Mentoring for career advancement is an important element of the positions.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: REQUIRED: Ph.D in immunology, microbiology, cell biology, or a related discipline. Extensive tissue culture (including working with primary cells) and BSL2 experience, basic molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and immunology techniques including PCR, Western blotting, ELISA, culturing bacteria, and microscopy skills are required. Must pass a basic FBI background check to work in the BSL3 with M. tuberculosis. Must have at least one first authored manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal. An understanding of human immunology is required. PREFERRED: Experience working with human cells and working in a BSL3 facility.
POTENTIAL HAZARDS: This work may involve exposure to carcinogens, toxic materials, hazardous chemicals, compressed gasses, infectious agents (BSL2 and BSL3), and other occupational hazards. For work with BSL3 organisms like M. tuberculosis, must be able to wear a respirator in the proper manner and pass a respirator fitness test. Participation in a medical monitoring program is required. Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.
OTHER: These are full-time salaried (exempt) positions. Texas Biomedical Research Institute business hours are Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.
The positions are open immediately, with a flexible start date. Please include a brief list of scientific accomplishments with application.
Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy. A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug free workplace. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status.
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