Job Description:The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of cell biology/immunology. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of investigating pathways by which environmental carbon nanoparticles induce pulmonary disease and alter innate immune responses of alveolar macrophages. These studies have recently been funded by a multi-year NIH grant and will involve various strains of macrophage-specific knock-out mice in a pre-clinical lung disease model plus studies of human alveolar macrophages from healthy controls and selected clinical patients. Laboratory methodology includes standard molecular and biochemical techniques, confocal imaging, flow cytometry, ELISAs, PCR, automated protein determination (WES), immunostaining, and laser capture microdissection. Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, and supervising of undergraduate research students and graduate research students, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training. Approximately 95% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to research and 5% will be devoted to mentoring undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory.
Miniumum Qualifications: English Proficiency Excellent written and oral communication skills PhD Preferred Education and Experience: Cell culture, standard molecular and biochemical techniques, flow cytometry and immunology background. Special Instructions to the Applicant: To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through PeopleAdmin and attach their CV or resume and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one year period. Five years (typically five appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at: http://www.ecu.edu/postdoctoralaffairs/
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