Postdoctoral Fellow

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Charleston, South Carolina
Commensurate with experience. Based upon the NRSA scale
April 10 2018
PIRE - T32
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

MUSC is accepting applications for

 Postdoctoral Fellows

Program in Immunology Research and Entrepreneurship


The Program in Immunology Research and Entrepreneurship (PIRE) was developed to train postdoctoral fellows in immunology with an emphasis on translation, biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship. The program seeks to address the need to empower our future immunology research workforce with the competencies necessary to commercialize scientific discoveries. Disease-related themes that are central to this program are innate immune mechanisms, immunity to infection, alloimmunity (organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant), autoimmunity, and cancer immunology.

Program Goals

  • Mentoring through the engagement of an Individual Development Plan for Entrepreneurship  (IDPE)  Committee 
  • Laboratory  training  including  use  of  mass  cytometry,  a  potentially transforming technology for cellular immunology research
  • Didactic training in biomedical commercialization and entrepreneurship
  • Experiential training by conducting an internship with MUSC’s technology transfer office
  • Participation in activities (seminar series, journal club, scientific retreat) sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research as well as Methods for Enhancing Reproducibility
  • Use of a virtual “trainee career toolkit” that includes grantsmanship, teaching and career planning

The PIRE will train four postdoctoral fellows per year. Recruitment of trainees will be carried out on a national basis with an explicit goal of recruiting women and minority postdoctoral trainees to address significant disparities in entrepreneurial participation as well as biomedical and immunology research. Recruits will have access to state of the art laboratory spaces and cutting-edge research core facilities ( Fellows can choose to pursue their advanced research training from a collaborative group of faculty investigators, most of which have hands-on entrepreneurial experience in product commercialization and biotech startup. Program support will be available for up to two years.

Training Environment

Founded in 1824, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is now the core of the state’s largest medical complex and one of its largest employers with over 11,000 employees. Our research laboratory space exceeds 1 Million square feet. In the past year, we were awarded 1,180 research grants for over $250 Million in funding and we disclosed over 100 inventions. And just recently, MUSC was named on Forbes first-ever list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.

The Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in South Carolina. Its Cancer Immunology Program (CI) possesses the critical mass and optimal environment for development of new immunotherapies. The CI Program is comprised of world renowned scientists who are committed to fundamental and translational research in the following areas: immune tolerance, transplantation, gene/drug discovery, lipid signaling, cancer immunology, and cancer prevention/control. Currently, HCC researchers hold approximately $45 Million in annual extramural cancer research funding with $23 Million originating from the NCI.

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology (M&I) is a College of Medicine Basic Science Department with 28 primary faculty and a sponsored research portfolio of $12.9 Million ($9.4 Million from NIH). With a goal of advancing to the top 30 in the nation for NIH funding, the Department’s rank has steadily improved from #79 (2009) to #31 (2017) nationally.

The University is located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The weather is beautiful year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing during winter. There are several beaches within minutes of the city and the mountains are only three hours away. In addition to these amenities, the art, history, food, and festivals make Charleston a fantastic place to live.

Eligible applicants

Must hold a doctoral degree or equivalent and be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the United States. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply in order to address significant gender and racial/ethnic gaps in entrepreneurial activities in the nation’s biomedical research workforce.

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