Post Doc Research Fellow - Nagamoto-Combs Lab

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Position #00024452

Duties & ResponsibilitiesA successfully identified individual will join the laboratory of Dr. Kumi Nagamoto-Combs in the Department of Biomedical Sciences as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.  S/he will take on a project investigating pathogenic interactions between the host immune system and gut microbes during the development of food allergy and subsequent adverse effects on brain function and behavior.  This position requires a candidate trained in the field of neuroscience, immunology, and/or microbiology, with extensive knowledge of physiology and pathology of the intestines, immune system, and brain.  The candidate will use her/his skills in handling mice for intragastric, intraperitoneal and intravenous administrations, blood collections, behavior testing, and tissue dissections.  S/he will also use her/his technical expertise in flow cytometry, tissue and bacterial cultures, nucleic acid and protein isolation, detection, and quantification (electrophoresis, quantitative PCR, western blotting, ELISA, etc.), histological staining, and microscopy.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under Dr. Nagamoto-Combs' supervision and be responsible for planning and performing experiments independently, analyzing and organizing data, preparing manuscripts for publications, and presenting the study results at internal and external scientific meetings.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Kumi Nagamoto-Combs at [email protected]

Minimum Requirements
  • A Ph.D. in immunology, neurobiology, microbiology, or other relevant fields with 0-3 years of post-doctoral experience.
  • Demonstrable research experience in neuroscience and/or immunology in two or more of the following areas: rodent behavior assessments, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, rodent blood/tissue collection, cell culture, microbe handling and culture, molecular biology.
  • At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal.
  • At least one year experience working with mice.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years of experience working with mouse models.
  • Proficiency in mouse handling, including intragastric, intraperitoneal and intravenous administration, blood collections, behavior testing, and biological tissue dissections.
  • At least one first-author publication in a peer-reviewed biomedical journal focused on neuroscience or immune-related disease.
  • Knowledge of the physiology and pathology of the gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems.
  • Experience with microbe culturing and handling.
  • Experience in animal behavior testing with analysis software, flow cytometry, cell culture, western blotting, ELISA, RT-qPCR, histological tissue processing and staining techniques, light, fluorescence, and confocal microscopy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook software.
  • Experience with bioinformatics data analyses.
  • Knowledge of routine computational software used for image and data analyses and presentations, including but not limited to Adobe Photoshop or equivalent image analysis software, GraphPad or equivalent statistical software, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete complex research program with highly developed organization and problem-solving skills.
Minimum Hiring Salary

Up to $45,000/year

To ApplyApplicants MUST submit 

(1) a cover letter

(2) CV describing the applicant's education, academic or other professional appointments, comprehensive publication record, and detailed research and technical skills with the duration of each experience

(3) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on 10/04/2021.  The position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

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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