Postdoctoral Studies

Postdoctoral Program

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow Position Available for the Study of Human Antibody Reactivities & Functions in M. tuberculosis Infection

Job Description:

A position is open for the study of protective and non-protective antibody responses to M. tuberculosis. This will be especially of interest for applicants who want to expand or gain experience in translational research. Specific interests of the laboratory include understanding the role of the human humoral immune response to M. tuberculosis in patients at various states of infection. These include large scale tuberculosis serology studies using innovative techniques to identify both antibodies that can serve as tuberculosis biomarker as well as antibodies with protective functions, isolation of polyclonal and monoclonal human antibodies and detailed studies of their mechanism of action. Candidates should have a strong background in Immunology and/or Microbiology.

 

Required:
     Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology or Microbiology
     Expertise in flow cytometry and FACS
     Expertise in B-cell immunology and in vitro assay development (ADCC, CDC, etc.)
     Broad skill base in standard techniques such as (ELISA, Western Blot, DNA and RNA extraction, 
      PCR, and protein purification)
     Strong record of research experience and productivity
     Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
     Excellent record keeping and data presentation

 

Recommended:
     Experience with in vivo models of infectious diseases
     Expertise in protein engineering (B-cell cloning, expression, purification), microarray, and bioinformatics would be a plus.

Compensation as per NIH guidelines.

Interested candidates should send their CV, the addresses of three references, and a one-page statement of past achievements and of future research interests to:

Jacqueline M. Achkar, M.D., M.Sc., FIDSA
Department of Medicine and Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA
jacqueline.achkar@einstein.yu.edu

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity

About us:

Dr. Achkar's translational research program is focused on the evaluation of immune and other host responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in patients at various states of infection towards i) the development of better serodiagnostic tests for active tuberculosis (TB); ii) the prediction of TB development in HIV+ subjects; iii) the study of protective antibody functions against M. tuberculosis; and iv) the identification of host responses that correlate with TB vaccine effectiveness.  Dr. Achkar is an NIH funded physician scientist with expertise in human immune responses to TB. She has many national and international collaborations with investigators from a broad range of expertise such as clinical trials/research, biodesign, biochemistry, epidemiology, and biostatistics. As a specialist in Infectious Diseases with an additional master’s degree in clinical research methods, Dr. Achkar analyses her laboratory data in the context of clinical findings to contribute critical data to the field of TB diagnostics, immunotherapy, and vaccine development.

 

 

 

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