Under the direction of a mentor, the postdoc will conduct research, prepare and/or contribute to grant and contract applications, and submit research results for publication. The primary focus of the research is on designing an immunotherapeutic regimen that can specifically improve T cell responses during TB-SIV co-infection leading to faster and effective treatment. In parallel, he/she will also be studying the correlates of sustained immunity and protection from Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a Rhesus macaque model of infection with the ultimate goal of designing more efficacious vaccination strategies against Tb. In addition, the postdoc will focus on understanding the role of transcriptional factors in M. tuberculosis, as well as understanding dormancy and resuscitation of the bacterium during infection. The postdoc will also be expected to write scientific papers and/or abstracts for presentation at national and international meetings related to research projects.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS: Required: Doctoral degree in Microbiology, Immunology or other related field as determined by the PI. Hands-on experience in recombinant DNA techniques and contemporary immunological techniques, as it relates to the infection biology of M. tuberculosis. General working knowledge of BSL2 and/or BSL3 bio-containment principles and protocols, both for animal and laboratory space.
POTENTIAL HAZARDS: The SNPRC maintains a Biosafety Level 3 facilities and performs work on diverse infectious agents. Depending on agent specific risk assessments, individuals may be offered, or in some cases required, to have vaccinations against the relevant agents. Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required. Safety training and protective clothing will be provided.
OTHER: This is a full-time salaried (exempt) position. Texas Biomed business hours are Mondays through Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Biomed is committed to a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug screen is required.
Apply online at http://www.txbiomed.org/about/employment. Application packets are accepted electronically or in hard copy. A completed application packet is a requirement for all positions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status