Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-09
Req: R0023516

The Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Sturek. The Sturek Laboratory focuses on translational pulmonary immunology and fibrosis. The laboratory utilizes both human and patient samples to explore disease phenotypes and associations as well as murine and in vitro model systems to test novel biological mechanisms. Techniques of interest focus around high-dimensional immunophenotyping via mass cytometry and spectral flow cytometry. Disease areas of interest are fibrotic lung diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well as COVID-19 respiratory disease and post-acute symptomatic covid (PASC).

The successful candidate will serve as a leader of day-to-day laboratory operations, provide scientific and technical guidance on experimental design, conduct and interpretation and also perform studies needed to advance the missions of our research program. This is a leadership position within the lab, and the successful candidate will serve as the principle investigator's scientific partner. They should possess strong organizational skills to enable the administrative, regulatory and operational needs of the lab, and they should be willing and eager to learn new techniques to bring to the lab. They will be expected to help teach other trainees rotating in the laboratory, including pulmonary and critical care fellows, medicine residents, PhD candidates, medical students, and undergraduates. They should also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills to facilitate our training mission and to contribute to preparation of research proposals and manuscripts. The candidate may submit for individual postdoctoral research fellowship funding if consistent with their career goals.

Education: PhD in the Biosciences or an MD with a research emphasis is required at the time of hire

Experience: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with either mouse models of pulmonary disease, or murine or human immunology, flow cytometry and histology. Experience with primary cell culture, functional analyses in vitro and in vivo and characterization of the molecular features of cells (DNA/RNA/Protein) is essential. Likewise, experience with retro- and lenti-viral production and transduction, RNAi-based strategies for post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and CRISPR/Cas9 techniques are desired. Additionally, experience with or interest in modern techniques in high-dimensional data analysis such as mass cytometry, spectral flow, and RNAseq is strongly preferred.

For questions regarding the position please contact: Jeffrey Sturek, MD, PhD at

For questions about the application process please contact Greg Haskins, Senior Recruiter at

To apply please visit UVA job board, and search for "R0023516" Complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 4/9/2021
Application Due: 4/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time