Postdoctoral Associate - McIntosh Laboratory

University of Florida Department of Pediatrics
Gainesville, Florida
$47,476 - $58,560; commensurate based on qualifications and experience.
January 31 2018
Requisition 505376
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The McIntosh Research Laboratory at the University of Florida’s Child Health Research Institute, seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a team exploring the roles of novel infectious agents in diseases of unknown etiology or emerging epidemiology. 

Research emphasis is on detection and characterization of potential pathogens and investigating host microbial interactions to reveal underlying mechanisms of disease as well as targets for diagnosis or intervention.  Broad areas of study include microbial, in particular viral, discovery in the context of clinical diseases of unknown etiology, at the human animal/vector interface, and in the contexts of immunocompromise or cancer.

Specialized expertise is sought in three or more of the following: Molecular Biology, LINUX/UNIX and Python scripting, MySQL, metagenomics, transcriptomics, epigenetics, statistics, and/or SNP analysis of human genomes in the context of cancer.

Duties include:

  • Designing and performing experiments using a variety of techniques including: conventional and realtime PCR/RT-PCR, immunoprecipitation, chromatin immunoprecipitation, Western blotting, FACS, Sanger sequencing, next-generation sequencing, and various Capture-Seq approaches, CRISPR-Cas editing of genomes, virus isolation of suspect human, animal and insect pathogens, transfection and transduction of cells, transformation of cells to establish new cell lines, reverse genetics of viruses, cloning and protein purification.
  • Maintaining proper lab records.
  • Providing guidance and training for undergraduate and graduate student researchers.
  • Preparation of manuscripts. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance, and ordering of supplies as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include attending scientific conferences and meetings.

The laboratory (BSL2) is situated in an academic research building at the main campus in Gainesville surrounded by many excellent labs and core facilities (including BSL3 and insect facilities) with tremendous training opportunities for cutting-edge techniques.

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, research experience in Molecular Biology, proficiency in spoken and written English, and proficiency in UNIX and Python programing.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in Virology and/or OMICS (genomics, transcriptomics, or proteomics), and at least two publications in English Scientific Journals.

To apply for this position, visit Job number for this vacancy is 505376. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2HRS or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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