Post Doctoral Fellow - Mishra Lab

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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Position Information: Description

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Position # 00025908

A research assistant professor position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Bibhuti Mishra to conduct research related to epigenetic basis of myeloid plasticity in pneumonic sepsis and during brain parasitic infection. A primary focus of Mishra Lab is related to understand the immune mechanisms underlying acute and chronic inflammatory disorders with the purpose to identify new therapeutic targets for inflammatory diseases. For our research we extensively use preclinical models of brain helminth infection, salivary gland inflammation/ Sjögren's Syndrome, and pneumonic sepsis. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The applicant will assist in the design and conduct of experiments outlined in funded grants as well as to test new hypothesis related to regulation of inflammation in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases such as 1) purifying and characterizing immune suppressive helminth parasite molecules, and test their effect in preclinical disease models; 2) Epigenetic reprogramming of myeloid cell functions and implication in disease models. These experiments will include animal handling, primary cell culture, tissue collection for biochemical analysis, epigenetic analysis, immune assays, cell sorting, immunofluorescence staining. The work will require extensive utilization of both in-vitro and in-vivo models to study these areas. Experience in murine infection models is desirable.

Techniques utilized for the studies will include:

  • Standard molecular biology techniques
  • Confocal microscopy
  • 2-photon microscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Tissue culture
  • Advanced epigenetic techniques for genome-wide analysis including ChIP-seq, RNA-Seq, short RNA libraries, and bioinformatics and data analysis
  • Mass spectroscopy analysis
  • Standard microbiological, immunological, and biochemical assays.

The applicant will have a training role of lab technicians, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other postdoctoral fellows as required.
Data entry, analysis, publication and presentation of research, and ordering chemicals are also required.

Minimum Requirements
  • Ph.D. (3 years or less) in immunology, neuroscience or related field (projected Ph.D. within the next 3 months is also acceptable).
  • Submit a curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in immunology, primary tissue culture, mouse handling.
  • Experience in HPLC/FPLC, Parasite/helminth, epigenetics.
  • Publications in the field of immunology, animal studies, neuroscience or epigenetics as demonstrated in your CV.
  • Knowledge of routine computational skills used for data analysis and presentations, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, image analysis software, Flowjo, SigmaPlot, GraphPad, etc.
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

Twelve (12) month, non-tenure track, special appointment with University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Salary: $40,000 - 44,000


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

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Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

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