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Job: Postdoctoral Position - Malaria-induced allergic inflammation

August 6, 2018 - 15:42 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

University of Idaho, USA
Laboratory of Dr. Shirley Luckhart


THE OPPORTUNITY: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shirley Luckhart at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. Current research projects within the laboratory are focused on malaria parasite transmission, molecular cell biology and biochemistry of malaria parasite development in mosquito hosts, and innate immunity and pathogenesis of malaria in the mammalian host. This position would be dedicated to an NIH-funded project focused on allergy‐mediated disruption of the intestinal barrier during malaria (Potts et al. 2016. Immunobiology 221:468‐74. doi:10.1016/j.imbio.2015.11.003; Chau et al. 2013. Infect Immun. 81:3515‐26. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00380‐13). The Luckhart lab maintains vector mosquito colonies for physiology and transmission studies, several mouse malaria models, and continuous culture of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum for growth assays and mosquito transmission studies.  

REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of five (5) years of experience in technical investigatory techniques in cellular immunology and molecular biology. PhD in a relevant field of science will suffice for experience if the PhD thesis studies are relevant to cellular immunology and molecular biology of animal models. Experience with malaria is preferred, but not necessary. Excellent writing skills and analytic interpretation, including evidence of senior‐authored publications in impactful journals. Excellent oral communication skills. Ability to develop, organize and plan experiments to be performed independently and as part of a team, to devise new methods and techniques as needed and to trouble‐shoot effectively to efficiently yield significant results. Ability to plan, organize and mentor work of supporting personnel in coordination with the laboratory manager. Ability to prepare and write reports on research projects for publication in peer‐reviewed journals and for funding agencies. Ability to establish and maintain effective, collegial working relationships with associates, collaborators, research personnel and the general public.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO AND MOSCOW, IDAHO: The University of Idaho is situated in the rolling hills of the Palouse, a geographic wonder unlike any other. The sweeping landscape is an enchanting vista of rolling hills and plateaus with a palette of colors that changes with the seasons. Idaho has the largest contiguous designated wilderness areas outside of Alaska with nearly 60% of state land available for public use and enjoyment. The University of Idaho is a US land-grant institution, founded in 1889, and is currently home to 12,000 students and nearly 6,200 employees. Washington State University, which is approximately 7 miles away, is a partner with the University of Idaho, providing many opportunities for collaboration, networking, and sharing of training, resources and infrastructure. This postdoctoral position is located on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho. The family friendly city of Moscow, Idaho, is home to approximately 25,000 residents with an inviting, walkable city center of shops, restaurants, and galleries. In addition, Moscow is known for a vibrant live music scene, a growing community of craft beverage makers, a farmer's market that draws visitors, farmers, artists, craftspeople, and musicians from far and near, and multiple festivals throughout the year.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter (1-2 pages) of research interests and goals to Dr. Luckhart is a Professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences She is also a founding Co-Director of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem, a multidisciplinary and collaborative center for excellence focused on research, training and outreach across plant, animal and human diseases. 

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