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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Date Posted 07/16/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Information

Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy ID PDS003146
Department Marsico Lung Institute - 426401
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range Dependent on Experience
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
If part-time, hours per week
FTE 1.0
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months
Posting Open Date 07/15/2021
Posting Close Date 07/22/2021
Open Until Filled No
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Summary
The laboratory of Dr. Brian Button at UNC’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and Department of Medicine seeks a post-doctoral fellow to participate in a NIH-funded research project. Dr. button’s laboratory is engaged in well-funded research on understating an innate defense mechanism in the human lung and how it is altered in diseases such as cystic fibrosis and COPD, utilizing a variety of in vivo as well as in vitro models. 
Work in our lab is focused on understanding the biophysical interactions between the airway surface and the overlying mucus layer that protects our lungs from inhaled pathogens. as part of the biomedical engineering department, our lab has developed a series of novel techniques/approaches to directly quantify the forces of adhesion, cohesion, and friction between mucus and the airway epithelia. we are looking for a post-doctoral fellow to become a part of this project to make quantitative measurements of mucus adhesion, cohesion, and friction from samples obtained from a variety of research and clinical samples, ranging from cell culture to excised human and animal airways. 
The successful candidate will gain experience in a number of cutting edge biological techniques, biomechanical testing, in vitro and in vivo imaging. importantly, these projects have great potential to become independent research projects that would further ambitious, motivated post-doctoral careers.  in addition to research, the post-doctoral fellow will be actively involved with writing scientific papers and presenting talks at scientific meetings.
Educational Requirements
PhD and/or MD in cell biology, physiology, biophysics, biomedical engineering, or a related field.
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates applying should be proficient in microscopy techniques (preferably confocal) and cell culture. experience in rheology, gpc/hplc, and material sciences (i.e. tribology) techniques are a plus, but not required. candidates should also have strong laboratory, communication, and analytical skills 
Equal Opportunity Employer
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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