Postdoctoral Scientist

Location
San Antonio, Texas
Salary
TBD
Posted
April 10 2019
Ref
19-046
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Non-Profit
Job Type
Postdoc

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Texas Biomedical Research Institute is one of the world's leading independent biomedical research institutions dedicated to advancing global human health through innovative biomedical research.  Texas Biomedical Research Institute aims to unravel the mysteries of infectious diseases through innovative thinking, creative problem solving and cutting edge technologies.  Since its founding in 1941 by Thomas B. Slick Jr., the Texas Biomedical Research Institute has gained worldwide recognition in scientific and academic communities for the quality of its basic research.

Our scientists work each and every day to improve human health by being a world leader in lifestyle and infectious disease research. Each year, our scientists are engaged in more than 200 research projects and publish well over 100 articles in the international scientific literature.

Located on a 200-acre campus on the northwest side of San Antonio, Texas, Texas Biomed partners with hundreds of researchers and institutions around the world, targeting advances in the fight against infectious diseases impacting our communities around the world, including AIDS, TB, hepatitis, malaria, hemorrhagic fever viruses, parasitic infections and many other infectious diseases.  We also study co-morbidities of infection and vulnerable populations, such as the very young and the elderly and those suffering from cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders. Its staff of more than 350 employees includes a multidisciplinary team of approximately 65+ doctoral-level scientists who lead more than 200 major research projects in the Institute’s three program areas of Disease Intervention & Prevention, Host Pathogen Interaction and Population Health, as well as the Southwest National Primate Research Center.

Job Summary

POSTDOCTORAL SCIENTIST 19-046

A postdoctoral position is available immediately for a highly motivated candidate to be a part of a dynamic research team focusing at the development of an effective AIDS vaccine at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed). The goal of the vaccine research, headed by Dr. Ruth Ruprecht, is to induce specific mucosal IgA and IgG antibodies to achieve immune exclusion of virions, while simultaneously generating backup humoral and cellular immune responses in the blood and tissues. The post-doctoral scientist will focus on mucosal antibody and cell-mediated immune responses in non-human primate models. Targeting vaccines to mucosal tissues also includes a collaboration with the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The postdoctoral position provides a unique opportunity to conduct research in a vibrant scientific environment. 

As a part of this highly collaborative team, the postdoctoral scientist will lead his/her own project, contribute to other lab team projects, and will be able to develop and participate in external collaborations. Career development opportunities (such as mentoring) exist to enhance the professional development of the postdoctoral scientist.

Requirements for this position are:  Doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or DVM) in immunology or virology/microbiology or related scientific discipline with relevant lab experience in mucosal immunology. Preferred: A background in HIV biology and experience working in a biosafety level 2+ setting is preferred but not essential.

This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Texas Biomed business hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment drug screen is required.  Please submit a cover letter, CV, brief description of scientific accomplishments and future plans and 3 reference letters with application packet.

Interested applicants can apply online at http://www.txbiomed.org/about/employment. Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy.  A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status

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