Post Doctoral Associate

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University of Massachusetts Medical Schoo

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Worcester, Massachusetts

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Employer The University of Massachusetts Medical Schoo

Location Worcester, Massachusetts

Salary DOE

Posted October 07 2020

Discipline Life Sciences, Biochemistry

Organization Type Non-Profit

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job Description
Postdoctoral Associate in Viral Immunology
A postdoctoral associate position is available in the Luzuriaga Lab for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in immunology, virology, molecular biology, or a related discipline.
The Luzuriaga Lab is embedded in the vibrant research environment of the Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is highly collaborative with other labs within and external to UMMS. Work in the lab focuses on understanding viral and host factors that contribute to the establishment of persistent viral infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) and Epstein Barr virus (EBV).
The selected candidate will apply a combination of molecular techniques performed directly ex vivo using purified cell fractions from blood and tissues, in order to define key features of replication-competent HIV-1 proviruses in macrophage-lineage cells. Results of this work will be relevant to the development of new approaches to treat HIV-1 associated neurological disease, as well as strategies to eradicate persistent HIV-1 reservoirs.
This project provides an excellent opportunity to learn and further develop a variety of techniques. The selected candidate will work independently to design and execute experiments. Results of this project will be presented at seminars and scientific meetings, which may involve travel. The post-doctoral fellow will also prepare and submit manuscripts.

Qualifications: Education, experience and skills required for consideration:
Ph. D. in immunology, virology or related disciplines
Strong work ethic, highly motivated to apply skills towards solving biological problems
Excellent analytical skills and independent judgement
Highly collegial and works well as a team member
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate with precision and tact
Meticulous record keeping, proficiency with databases
Hands-on experience in deep sequencing techniques, including RNAseq, highly preferred
Experience with bead-based or flow cytometric cell separation techniques highly preferred