Research Assistant Professor - Cell Molecular Biology

The Laboratory of Dr. Seema Khurana seeks an experienced, creative, and talented Ph.D. Cell Molecular Biologist for a non-tenure track faculty position at the Research Assistant Professor level beginning Spring 2023. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, innovative research team within a highly interactive research environment. The candidate must have a strong foundation in various imaging techniques including immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy. The research will employ multiple approaches including biochemical, molecular techniques, as well as sophisticated imaging techniques using FRET, FLIM, calcium imaging, and TIRF. Additionally, the research will employ the study of mouse models of disease and analysis of human tissue by ex vivo culture of stem cells (organoids).

The candidate must have demonstrated experience in cell molecular biology and physiology research. The candidate must have demonstrable abilities in molecular biology. Familiarity with generating transgenic mouse lines will be a strong plus. An ideal candidate will also have broad familiarity with the study of mouse models of disease and human biopsy samples. Significant experience with study of gastrointestinal tissue and cells including generation and maintenance of enteroids/colonoids will be very desirable.

The candidate must have a strong track record of publications in relevant areas. Prior experience in gastrointestinal research, cancer research, and research of actin cytoskeleton will be strongly preferred. The candidate should be a strong communicator and have good oral and written skills. He/she must show initiative and leadership in collaborative projects within the laboratory and with other collaborators of the laboratory. The candidate will also participate in grant writing activities and in advising graduate and undergraduate trainees in the laboratory. The candidate will be responsible for assisting with obtaining animal and human study approvals as well as other regulatory mechanisms required by the laboratory.

Dr. Khurana runs a high value, high impact competitive research program. The laboratory publishes manuscripts in high impact journals, and maintains a high level of productivity. The laboratory is fully equipped to handle projects in gastrointestinal biology as it relates to inflammatory diseases of the gut and colon cancer including the study of live cells. This includes a confocal microscope, an inverted microscope with TIRF attachment, IVIS imaging, a FACs machine, qPCR machines, tissue culture facility, ultracentrifuges, multiple incubators for tissue culture and microbial culture, temperature regulated shakers, steady state and lifetime spectrofluorometer. The candidate will maintain the operation of these equipment and train graduate students in the use of these equipment. The laboratory maintains several lines of transgenic mice that must be handled by the successful candidate. The laboratory has ongoing collaborations with Baylor College of Medicine and other research institutes at the national and international level.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars. Please attach a CV and cover letter. Three letters of recommendation and the email addresses of your references are required.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Appointment to our faculty requires a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Physiology, Molecular Biology or related areas. Demonstrated relevant work experience and a strong publication record in this field. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated hands-on experience in studying mouse models of inflammation or cancer. Demonstrable experience in designing complex experiments studying gastrointestinal tissue, the actin cytoskeleton, mouse and human tissue. Extensive experience with confocal imaging and related imaging techniques. Experience in data analysis, data presentation and troubleshooting

Organization: H0104 Biology
Employee Status: Regular/Benefits
Job Posting: Feb 23, 2023, 4:05:34 PM

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