Ruth B. Merkatz Post-Doctoral Fellowship

New York City, New York (US)
starting at $5,179.25/month, commensurate with experience
October 09 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

TITLE: Ruth B. Merkatz Post-Doctoral Fellowship

REPORTING TO: Scientist II, Teleshova Lab


ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: 2-3 years, renewable yearly by mutual consent and availability of funds


The Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to investigate host-pathogen interactions in cervical/vaginal mucosa and participate in preclinical testing of multipurpose technology (MPT) products aiming to promote vaginal health and protect against bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections. The objectives of this research are to (i) establish novel epithelial, mucosal tissue culture/pathogens culture models; (ii) explore pathogen interactions and pathogen-induced responses in the mucosa, and (iii) assess safety and activity of MPT products to inform development program.


This research involves work with mucosal tissue samples, isolation of cells from tissues, mucosal explant culture models, and bacterial cultures. The work involves molecular and immunological techniques, qPCR, microscopy, multicolor flow cytometry, and Luminex/ELISA. 


This position is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure, learn and engage in the fields of mucosal immunology and preclinical product testing in the Teleshova Lab. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also interact closely with researchers in other biomedical laboratories at the Population Council to advance product development. 


The Population Council laboratories are located on the Rockefeller University campus, through which there is access to numerous additional state-of-the-art facilities.



1. Ph.D., M.D. or MD/PhD.

2. Experience in microbiology, molecular biology, virology, cell biology (immune and epithelial cells), cell and/or tissue culture, bacterial culture, and flow cytometry.

3. Highly motivated, excellent attention to detail, with the ability to work independently and within a group as needed.

4. Record of quality scientific work.

5. Demonstrated ability to monitor and maintain project timelines. 

6. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. 



Fellowships include a monthly stipend (starting at $5,179.25/month, commensurate with experience) to cover cost of living expenses, health insurance and relocation assistance.  Fellows will be provided with office space and use of a computer.  



Please include a brief description of your academic and professional qualifications and goals, a short statement about your research interests and a copy of your CV. 


The deadline for applications is November 8, 2020.


The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices.  We are seeking an individual to fill the position described.  If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:


The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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