A research scientist position in glycoproteomics is available at the Influenza Systems Biology Laboratory, University of Missouri (MU). This Influenza Systems Biology Laboratory is functioned across Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine (https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/molecular-microbiology-immunology), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering (https://engineering.missouri.edu/academics/eecs/), Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine (http://vpbio.missouri.edu), and MU Informatics Institute (https://muii.missouri.edu), and the lab is physically located at Bond Life Science Center (https://bondlsc.missouri.edu). The missions of this lab are to study ecology, evolution, and host-pathogen interaction for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, especially influenza viruses, and to develop and apply systems biology based translational approaches to create influenza-less animal population and human communities. Translational systems biology is an integrated, multi-scale, evidence-based approach that combines laboratory, clinical and computational methods with an explicit goal of developing effective means of control of biological processes for improving human health and rapid clinical application. The current projects aim to 1) identify and predict emerging risks of influenza viruses for both human and animals (e.g. poultry and swine) using genomics sequences, big data and machine learning approaches; 2) develop a universal influenza vaccine, optimize vaccine production and vaccination strategies for disease prevention and quarantine; 3) develop machine learning methods to predict vaccine efficacy for each individual based on personal data, a move towards precision medicine; 4) understand molecular mechanisms for influenza evolution and influenza virus-host interactions, including host tropisms, pathogenesis, and transmission. Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and in a team and a broad interest in Systems Biology are expected for the following positions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops advanced scientific research projects;
Designs, develops and tests new equipment, instruments, reagents, and/or experimental protocols for research (including hardware, software, statistical methods, etc.);
Researches and stays current with project related scientific literature;
Sets up new methods or assays to accomplish scientific objectives;
Identifies and implements creative solutions to overcome problems;
Organizes, interprets data, and derives study conclusions;
May manage and train research staff to achieve research goals;
Collaborates with internal and external investigators on multiple research projects ensuring scientific significance and feasibility;
Summarizes results of studies in the form of scientific abstracts and manuscripts;
Serves as a resource to provide scientific information needed for various initiatives;
Contributes to teaching activities by preparing and presenting educational seminars;
Assists with grant/contract preparation by researching background, significance, and planning statistics;
Attends national conferences and presents results of scientific studies;
Participates in professional societies and conferences appropriate to the incumbent's specific field/discipline.
Note: Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned that are project and/or discipline specific.
This candidate shall have at least a master degree in Glycobiology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, or related field. Prior experience in glycomics, proteomics, and hands-on experience in mass spectrometry and HPLC is the minimum. These experiences shall be demonstrated with high quality publications.
Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of References
Salary commensurate with experience.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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