A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Michelle Steinauer at the Western University of Health Sciences campus in Oregon to work on an NIH funded project aimed at Identifying schistosomiasis resistance genes of snail vectors in hotspot transmission zones in Kenya. The workflow will include a genome wide association study using wild vectors (Biomphalaria sudanica) from areas of high schistosomiasis transmission, as well as testing candidate genes in laboratory populations of snails. The postdoc will work collaboratively with our co-investigators at Oregon State University, Harvard, University of New Mexico, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Opportunities to work onsite in Kenya will be available.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have substantial expertise in molecular/cellular biology or immunology. Strongly desired qualifications include experience with RNAi and/or alternative gene knockdown/knockout techniques and qPCR. Other desired expertise include bioinformatics and a background in experimental infections. Candidates should be enthusiastic about collaborative and interdisciplinary research, supporting ongoing projects in the laboratory, training medical students and students from Kenya. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
Questions or Applications should be addressed to Michelle Steinauer (firstname.lastname@example.org), with “Postdoc Opportunity” in the subject line. Applicants should send a letter describing their interest in the available position, relevant skills and experiences, a CV, and contact information for three references.
The Northwest Campus of the Western University of Health Sciences is located in Lebanon, Oregon, a small town just 20 miles east of Corvallis, OR (home of Oregon State University). The area boasts the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and many outdoor recreational opportunities.