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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Post Doctoral Fellow - Vaccine Center in Atlanta, Georgia

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future.We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

GENERAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible.

Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates.

The Rengarajan lab is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in multi-disciplinary NIH-funded projects. We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join a vibrant, collaborative, and diverse research team, studying host-pathogen interactions and lung immunity to tuberculosis (TB) in animal models and humans. Available projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Innate immune mechanisms underlying protective versus pathogenic disease outcomes.

  • Dissecting antigen-specific T cell functions and correlates of protective immunity for vaccine development.

  • Studying the role of granulomas in immunity to tuberculosis; host-directed therapies.

  • Interacting with multi-disciplinary colleagues at Emory and collaborating institutions that includes immunologists, microbiologists, computational/systems biologists, and experts in animal models (mice, nonhuman primates) and human studies.

  • All projects will expose you to cutting-edge multi-omics techniques including single cell transcriptomics and imaging, genomics/epigenetics, deep spatial immune profiling of lung tissue, high dimensional flow cytometry, functional immune assays, microbiology, molecular biology.

  • Great opportunity to gain analytical and bioinformatics skills related to big data analyses.

Research responsibilities will involve designing, execution, recording and analysis of projects, data analysis, writing manuscripts focused on immune responses to tuberculosis in animal models and in human samples in BSL2 and BSL3 settings.In addition, they will learn new immunological and multi-omics techniques, including multiparameter flow cytometry, single cell RNAseq approaches, microscopy and bioinformatics analyses of big data. Their research efforts will include participating in discussions and meetings with multiple collaborators and will involve both independent and team-oriented scientific activities. They will contribute to the overall functioning of the laboratory, participate in seminars, grant writing, journal clubs and other academic activities.

Preferred QUALIFICATIONS: We are particularly interested in outstanding scientists with prior training in immunology, animal models, and/or lung biology. Applicants should have a strong interest in microbial immunology, and tuberculosis, but need not have worked in these areas previously. We welcome diverse backgrounds and interests! Candidates should have a PhD and a strong record of research experience and productivity demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, be able to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team.

  • Experience with multiparameter flow cytometry, immunological assessments, and molecular techniques is desirable.

  • Bioinformatics skills, familiarity with R and experience working with big datasets are a plus but not required.

  • Experience working in a BSL3 setting is desirable but not essential, training will be provided.

The Rengarajan laboratory in located within the Emory Vaccine Center at Yerkes with access to excellent core facilities including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, high-dimensional flow cytometry, CyTOF mass cytometry, single-cell transcriptomics, and BSL3/ABSL3 facilities. The interdisciplinary university-wide Emory TB Center ( ) and close interactions with a diverse and collegial community at the Emory Vaccine Center ( ), Yerkes National Primate Research Center ( ), Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Infectious Disease & Pulmonary Divisions at the Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia-Tech/Emory Biomedical Engineering ( ) and the CDC, contribute to a vibrant and rich research environment. Emory University has an active post-doctoral office and applicants are encouraged to visit these sites to learn about our commitment to mentoring and diversity and living in Atlanta: ; ;

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Job Number 87861

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Primate Center

Department EPC: Emory Vaccine Center

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.