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Postdoctoral Scientist - Infectious Diseases/Medicine - Heung Lab

Location: San Fernando
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Principal Investigator, Lena Heung, MD, PhD is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist -to join her team!The research of Lena Heung, MD, PhD, focuses on the roles of innate immune cells in the host response to respiratory fungal pathogens, in particular Cryptococcus neoformans. C. neoformans is an environmental fungus that can cause highly fatal lung and central nervous system infections in immunocompromised patients, including those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, solid organ transplantation and autoimmune conditions. The goal of Dr. Heung's research is to define the innate immune mechanisms that determine host outcomes after infection in order to facilitate the development of immunomodulatory therapies for susceptible patients.Are you a passionate and dedicated research professional?The applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently within an area of specialization as well as collaboratively with other researchers. The applicant must have demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental procedures (including detailed data collection and analysis), excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, advanced computer skills, and the ability to work across disciplines and functional units. Experience with flow cytometry, cell culture, handling microbial samples, cellular and molecular biology techniques, and rodent handling is preferred. -About the RoleDr. Lena Heung is recruiting a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist to join her research group in the Women's Guild Lung Institute. The Heung Lab studies the role of innate and adaptive immune cells in the response to opportunistic fungal infections in the lungs. The ideal applicant should have an interest in immunology and host-pathogen interactions and prior experience in flow cytometry, tissue culture, microbiology, molecular biology (e.g., ELISA, RT-PCR, Western blotting, cloning), and rodent studies (e.g., infections, dissection, bone marrow chimeras, adoptive transfer). Bioinformatics and computational experience would be an advantage. -The incumbent -will be expected to be able to work independently under the direction of the Principal Investigator and in cooperation with other research staff. The incumbent -will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout the training period and may develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols. This position is responsible for analyzing and interpreting data. The Postdoctoral Scientist -may assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds. The incumbent -is expected to participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.Please note that travel and scheduling flexibility including evening, weekend, and holiday rotation commitment may be requiredPrimary Duties and Responsibilities:

Designs -and performs -experimentsAnalyzes, interprets, and compiles -data for presentationMaintains -appropriate written and electronic recordsPerforms -routine and complex laboratory proceduresDevelops, adapts, and implements -new research techniques and protocolsAssists -with training of junior lab members and participation in collaborations with other investigatorsSubmits -fellowship proposals and assisting the PI with grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant fundsOperates -and maintains -equipment and instrumentsComplies with all laboratory safety standards and policiesAppropriate monitoring and care of the rodent colony as related to the research project -
Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specializationExperience:
  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational skills
  • Advanced computer skills -and the ability to work across disciplines and functional units
  • Experience with flow cytometry, cell culture, handling microbial samples, cellular, and molecular biology techniquesExperience with rodent handling is preferredPhysical Demands:Able to work with rodents, perform procedures/benchwork, and use specialized equipment and computers for extended periods of time. Able to perform moderate lifting. Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time. Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions. Duties will require walking throughout the Medical Center. -
    Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Infectious Diseases/Medicine - Heung Lab
    Department: Home Dept - Pulmonary
    Business Entity: Academic / Research
    Job Category: Academic/Research
    Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
    Position Type: Full-time
    Shift Length: 8 hour shift
    Shift Type: Day
    Base Pay:$64,500.00 - $93,600.00

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