The Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Medicine, is searching for a highly qualified post-doctoral associate candidate to join the research team of Dr. Gary P. Wang to study gut microbiota in Clostridium difficile infection and to develop novel HIV and HCV drug resistance assays. Experimental duties will focus on dissecting the role of gut microbiota in C. difficile infection. Specifically, duties will include, but not be limited to, designing and performing nucleic acids research experiments including next generation sequencing (16S rRNA sequencing, metagenomics, RNA-seq) and anaerobic cultures to understand the role of microbiome in colonization resistance. Additional duties associated with the position will include dissecting the contribution of gut microbes to C. difficile colonization and disease in animal models, performing experiments in mice and assisting in the maintenance of the lab’s animal colony.
Furthermore, the post-doctoral associate will develop novel HIV and HCV drug resistance assays using molecular techniques and next generation sequencing. The post-doctoral associate is expected to possess good written and oral English language skills in order to present research updates at weekly lab meetings, seminars and conferences as well as to assist in writing manuscripts and grants related to the project. Additional responsibilities include researching, interpreting, and critically evaluating primary literature; compiling and analysis of data; and maintaining complete, precise, and up-to-date records in laboratory notebook. Lastly, the post-doctoral associate is expected to contribute to an environment that fosters cooperation and duties will involve the occasional supervision and training of technicians, graduate students, undergraduates, and student workers, and other related duties as required.
Salary will be in line with NIH Policy for post doctoral positions.
The position requires a PhD or MD/PhD. Applicants should have good communication, problem-solving skills, and ability to work flexible hours depending on specific experiments.
Strong background in using molecular biology techniques such as PCR and cloning, anaerobic cultures, and next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.
Prior animal handling and techniques.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; will be expected to work independently, present research findings at scientific conferences, compose manuscripts, and assist in experimental design.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach curriculum vitae and 3 reference letters and cover letter articulating your interests in the lab.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
Health Assessment Required: Yes