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Postdoctoral Researcher - Critical Care/Infectious Diseases
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
Date Posted 07/15/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Pharmacy Practice

Position Overview

The Britt Lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher position. The postdoctoral researcher will have opportunities to work on research frontiers in precision medicine and data science in the fields of infectious diseases and pulmonary/critical care medicine. These include, but are not limited to, identifying novel biomarkers for sepsis due to multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, deep immunophenotyping of patients with sepsis, and evaluation of host-directed immunotherapeutic treatments for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. The postdoctoral training will provide specialized skills in bioinformatics and data science to incorporate advanced high-dimensional analysis and machine learning algorithms to prediction of outcomes in patients with severe infection and sepsis. Additionally, training will involve implementation of novel high-throughput technologies into collaborative, multi-site clinical studies.

Primary responsibilities will include contributing to study design, blood sample processing and biobanking, cell culture (mammalian cell and bacterial), and pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic analyses. Additional opportunities for analysis of high-dimensional data (e.g., RNA-seq, proteomics, flow cytometry), statistical modeling, and manuscript/grant writing are available. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative and productive environment, which provides unique training opportunities from leading faculty members in infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care medicine, immunology, and bioinformatics.

Dr. Britt and his lab work at the interface of microbiology, immunology, and systems biology/epidemiology to discover novel therapeutic strategies for the management of “superbug” infections, using in vitro, ex vivo, and computational approaches. His group has published award-winning research in leading journals in the field, including Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy ( ) .The position is funded through the University of Kansas, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice at the KU Medical campus (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas.

Job Description

80%       Data collection & data analysis 

  • Contributing to study design, blood sample processing and biobanking, cell culture (mammalian cell and bacterial), and pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic analyses.


     Literature evaluation and study design - 
  • Analysis of high-dimensional data (e.g., RNA-seq, proteomics, flow cytometry), statistical modeling. 
10%        Scientific writing - 
  • Manuscript and/or grant writing

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Pharm.D.) in molecular biology, computational biology, pharmaceutical sciences, or related field.
  • Excellent written communication and interpretation skills as evidenced by application materials and interview. 
  • NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1.    Research experience and publication record in infectious diseases or sepsis
    2.    Proficiency in least one of the following statistical software packages (R, SAS, Python, Perl, SPSS)

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. 

    Only complete applications will be considered.
    Application review begins July 31, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to July 30th.  

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    Primary Campus

    University of Ks Medical Ctr

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding

    Work Location Assignment



    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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