Postdoctoral Scholar University of California Los Angeles
Requisition Number: JPF06544
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: ACKERMAN LAB, WOMEN'S HEALTH
Overview: The Ackerman Lab in conjunction with the UCLA Center for Women's Pelvic Health in the Departments of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research into the role of the genitourinary microbiome in pelvic health. The research group is looking for a highly motivated candidate, with an interest in learning and applying new techniques, competing for funding, and authoring publications. There is an overabundance of data and opportunities just waiting for the right person to put it all together.
The candidate will be directly supervised by A. Lenore Ackerman, M.D., Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Research in Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The main topic of research is the relationship between genitourinary microbial communities and host inflammatory responses and how these influence lower urinary tract physiology and pathology. The laboratory is focused on identifying the associations of particular microbial communities with unique phenotypes of voiding dysfunction and modeling these phenotypes in in-vitro systems and animal models.
Qualifications: A PhD is required. Candidates with a strong background in immunology and/or microbiology and or related disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. Preferred qualifications: Familiarity with techniques such as multi-color flow cytometry, sterile technique for cell culture, ELISA, qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence, Western Blot, microbial isolation and characterization, and standard molecular biology and microbiology techniques. The candidate should be comfortable working with biospecimens including biospecimens (cells, plasma, tissues, urine) from patients or mice. Desired qualifications: Mouse experience is preferred but is not required. Microbial amplicon library preparation, taxonomic assignment and clustering, microbial community comparison methodologies, RNAseq analysis, and R programming is preferred but is not required. Previous experience with RNAseq and transcriptional analyses is a bonus.
Responsibilities - Ideal candidates will be expected to: Lead existing research projects with regards to design, execution and analysis of experiments, guidance of technicians to complete assigned work within specific timeframe. Establish independent research projects, present at scientific meetings, write peer-reviewed publications Demonstrate ability and desire to develop grantsmanship skills for the preparation of competitive funding proposals The individual will learn new laboratory procedures and techniques as needed. Form part of multidisciplinary research collaborations Contribute to training/supervision of clinical fellows, students, and technicians in the lab Assist with the maintenance of the laboratory.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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