Fellow (Post Doc)

Manhattan KS
Jan 08, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


General Description of Position: 12 month, full time, non-tenure track position, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Postdoctoral Fellow will assist the PI in the study of vector borne diseases and vector/host interactions. The incumbent will be responsible for organizing and implementing research places, data, collection and analysis as well as for the preparation of scientific manuscripts and grants. 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:
Assists faculty researchers, or may act independently, in planning and designing research experiments as well as participate in data collection, processing and analysis. The Post-doctoral Fellow will also be involved in the testing of serum samples by ELISA and westernblot tests. In addition, incumbent will be in charge of cell culture and mosquito maintenance.  Involves substantial work testing mosquito gene expression and siRNA.  Experience working with mosquitoes and viruses is required.  Everyday duties involve changing media culture, preparing reagents and keeping reagent inventory. Immunological-based test like ELISA and immunoblotting will also be expected. This work involves extensive manipulation of human and animal tissue/fluids.  Presentation of research findings in seminars, conferences,  and in the form of scientific manuscripts. This position will do extensive grant and manuscript writing. Current laboratory research involves the study of immune responses against arbovirus diseases, thus there is an opportunity to test hypothesis involving human responses. Discussion of results is an important part of manuscript writing, a clinical background will help in this aspect.    Required Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in Microbiology, Virology, Tropical Medicine or related  field.   1-2 years mosquito colony work and micro-manipulation.  Experience in next-generation sequencing (NGS), qRT-PCR, cell culture and mosquito colony maintenance, westernblot and ELISA-based testing.  Experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of epidemiologic research studies. Preferred Qualifications: Highly motivated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.  Qualified candidates should have a strong publication record and strong technical skills in the laboratory English/Spanish or English/French proficiency is preferred but not necessary. Screening of Applications Begins: Screening of applications begin January 22, 2018,  and continue until qualified applicant is selected. Salary Range/ Pay Rate: $47,476-$50,000 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 LawBackground 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.