Fellow (Post Doc) (Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology)

General Description of Position: The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology with the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Fellow (Post Doc). This postdoctoral position is to apply structural vaccinology to identify optimal antigenic components and to develop broadly protective multivalent vaccines against bacteria, mainly enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) which cause diarrhea in children and travelers. This position is responsible for planning and carrying out research projects led by the principal investigator in this laboratory. This person shall work closely with the principal investigator and researchers from other institutes. This postdoc shall apply state-of-art and innovative techniques of microbiology, molecular biology and vaccinology to carry out research projects.  Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.  Job Description:
  • Research: Applying molecular biology, structural biology, computational biology, and vaccinology to develop broadly protective vaccines against enteric pathogens including entetoxigenic Escaherichia coli (ETEC) and Shigella that cause diarrhea disease. Basic structural biology and computational biology knowledge and skills to identify immunodominant epitopes and to model protein structure; good knowledge and skills to design and to construct chimeric genes, and to express and extract recombinant proteins; basic immunology and vaccinology skills to immunize animals and to measure antibody responses as well as protective efficacy in animal or human volunteer studies. Data analyses, manuscript draft.
  • Supervision: supervising and training graduate students and undergraduate students. Collaborating with other postdoctoral researchers in the laboratory.
  • Management: routine laboratory management. 
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, or vaccinology, degree received within the last 4 years.
  • Candidate has vaccine development against enteric bacterial or viral pathogens 
  • Candidate must have knowledge and skills of general microbiology, molecular biology, structural & computational biology, immunology and vaccinology, including (but not limit to) chimeric gene construction, protein expression and purification, protein characterization, protein modeling, bacterial and cell culture, serological testing, animal immunization via various routes, antibody titration and neutralization activity characterization, animal challenge studies, and vaccine efficacy assessment. 
  • Candidate should also have good oral and written communication skill, ability to effectively analyze data, to present results and to draft manuscripts. Good interpersonal skills are also needed.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience at developing vaccine against E. coli pathogens.  Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit an application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.    Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begins immediately    Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 47,476 - $ 65,000 Annual Salary Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.