JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rama Amara within the Division of Microbiology and Immunology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA to study the Influenza vaccines using the macaque model. In particular, the project will evaluate the longevity of humoral and cellular immune responses induced by various vaccine delivery systems including proteins, DNA and RNA. Protein vaccinations will also test the influence of different adjuvants. One of the primary goals of these experiments will be to identify molecular and immunological mechanisms that are associated with induction of long-lived immunity against influenza proteins in NHPs that can be tested/compared eventually with vaccinations in humans.
Requirements for the position include: PhD degree with applicable experience in immunology, microbial pathogenesis, or a related field; experience and facility with scientific writing and communication; and ability to work independently as well as a member of a team. Experience working with macaque model is desirable.