Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 02-23-2018

Posting Summary:
A Postdoctoral/Research Associate position supported by grant funding is immediately available in the Division of Infectious Diseases; Dr. Girija Ramakrishnan at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia where we are investigating approaches to analysis of underperforming vaccines. Our laboratory is part of a rich scientific environment with strong emphasis on infectious disease prevention. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be involved in multidisciplinary infectious disease research. This individual will be expected to conduct independent research, contribute to the writing of scientific papers and present our research data at major national and international conferences.

Candidates will have PhD and/or MD degree in hand by start date and excellent English oral communication and writing skills. Background in infectious diseases research is preferred. Candidates will be responsible for data analysis and preparation of manuscripts. Candidates will work on a research project that pertains to the use of metabolomics-based approaches to analyze samples from the PROVIDE study, a randomized control trial to determine the causes of rotavirus and polio vaccine underperformance in Bangladesh. The goal is to quantify target metabolites in plasma and stool samples that will inform our understanding of the key drivers of stunting. The work involves researching, developing, optimizing and running protocols for quantification of selected metabolites in clinical samples in conjunction with the Metabolomics core at UVA. Statistical analysis and modeling will be conducted to identify specific metabolites that are associated with stunting and their contribution to long term development and neurocognitive outcome.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0622749, complete a Candidate Profile on-line, attach a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The position will remain open to applications until filled.

For further information regarding the application process, please contact Jim McGowan via email at

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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