Postdoctoral Research Associate - Microbiota-host immune interactions
Job no: 506990
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biological Sciences
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Applications Open: Dec 22 2020
Applications Close: Open until filled
General Summary of Position:
The Steinel lab at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a qualified candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in the winter of 2021 to join Dr. Natalie Steinel's research group in the Department of Biological Sciences The postdoc will work on developing tools to assess immune activation and gut cell function in a microfluidic gut-on-a-chip system.
A postdoctoral researcher position is available in Dr. Natalie Steinel research group in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Thanks to funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (9323), the Steinel lab is embarking on a collaboration with Dr. Daniel Bolnick at the University of Connecticut (lead for project), Dr. Rebecca Carrier and Dr. Sam Scarpino at Northeastern University, and Dr. Katherine Milligan-Myhre at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We will develop a microfluidics gut-on-a-chip system to enable mechanistic study of the interactions between a small fish, threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), and its native gut microbiota. The postdoc will work primarily in the Steinel Lab at UML but will frequently collaborate with and visit the other research groups on the team, and work closely with Dr. Carrier at Northeastern University and a second postdoc based at the University of Connecticut. The postdoc will work on developing tools to assess immune activation and gut cell function in the microfluidic gut-on-a-chip system developed in the Carrier Lab. These cells will be isolated and genetically manipulated (from the Bolnick lab), observed during interaction with sticklebacks’ gut microbiota (from the Milligan-Myhre lab), and assayed for cell activity using methods developed with the Steinel Lab, and statistical approaches developed in the Scarpino Lab. The postdoc’s tasks will include the development, validation, and application of in vitro phenotyping assays, cell culture, manuscript preparation, presentations at scientific conferences, and some limited animal care.
For questions about this position, please email Dr. Steinel. For information about the Steinel Lab visit the lab website and Dr. Steinel’s Google Scholar page.
1. Working on Research Projects: This will be done alongside and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. This project will develop, validate, and apply of in vitro phenotyping assays in our stickleback gut-on-a-chip system.
2. Take a lead role in developing future research: The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be involved in identifying and developing new research and applying for and securing new funding. This will involve:
3. Undertake activities to develop your own research: The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to dedicate time to their own research and writing activity. It is expected that these activities will support and be in accord with the wider mission of the lab. Example activities include:
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Special Instructions for Applicants:
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates considered after that period.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal up to 2.5 years, based on productivity, successful performance and the availability of funding.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.