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Postdoc Research Associate
Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
 
 
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Date Posted 07/29/2021
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Position Information:


Position Title:
Postdoc Research Associate


Appointment Type:
Post Doc/Trainee


Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Nanovaccine Institute at Iowa State University is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a background in health, or health and science education. The chosen candidate will become part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of several Nanovaccine Institute research labs, working toward the optimization of vaccines for aging populations.

The work will primarily focus on identifying age-related changes of innate and adaptive immunity that contribute to suboptimal vaccine response, and the development of a nanovaccine formulation to address aging deficits. A primary goal of the project is to understand the mechanisms by which rational selection of biomaterials and co-adjuvants in vaccines can enhance immune capabilities of aged individuals. The work will include testing and characterization of nanovaccine biomaterials and adjuvants that promote immune metabolic health in human peripheral blood mononuclear cell subsets.

The Nanovaccine Institute is a consortium of 75 researchers at 23 universities, research institutes, national laboratories, and companies, coordinated by Iowa State University. Our research is a transdisciplinary merger of expertise in immunology, nanotechnology, materials science, microbiology, neuroscience, cancer biology, gerontology, clinical science and social science.

In August 2020, seven Iowa State University researchers consolidated their laboratories into the Nanovaccine Institute’s new lab and headquarters facility in the new Advanced Teaching and Research Building. The fifth floor of the Advanced Teaching and Research Building provides contemporary research laboratories, and common and specialized research support space. The new suite totals approximately 15,000 sq. ft., which includes approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of laboratories and core facilities. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and collaborate in a team. The position also encourages the candidate to find and develop their own research subjects within the projects, in addition to the experiments requested by the collaborators.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in health-related science, or health/STEM education, or related field.
  • Applicants must have experience in duties consistent with a study coordinator (human participant recruitment, consent, enrollment, and scheduling).
  • Experience in working with human blood including isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, isolation of cell subsets, and basic immunology assays including ELISAs.
  • Expertise in mentoring of students of color in STEM fields also preferred.


Proposed Start Date:
August 1, 2021


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
June 30, 2022


Number of Months Employed Per Year:
11 Month Work Period


Time Type:
Full time


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.
 

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.


Original Posting Date:
July 27, 2021


Posting Close Date:
August 3, 2021


Job Requisition Number:
R5705



Position Information:


Position Title:
Postdoc Research Associate


Appointment Type:
Post Doc/Trainee


Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Nanovaccine Institute at Iowa State University is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a background in health, or health and science education. The chosen candidate will become part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of several Nanovaccine Institute research labs, working toward the optimization of vaccines for aging populations.

The work will primarily focus on identifying age-related changes of innate and adaptive immunity that contribute to suboptimal vaccine response, and the development of a nanovaccine formulation to address aging deficits. A primary goal of the project is to understand the mechanisms by which rational selection of biomaterials and co-adjuvants in vaccines can enhance immune capabilities of aged individuals. The work will include testing and characterization of nanovaccine biomaterials and adjuvants that promote immune metabolic health in human peripheral blood mononuclear cell subsets.

The Nanovaccine Institute is a consortium of 75 researchers at 23 universities, research institutes, national laboratories, and companies, coordinated by Iowa State University. Our research is a transdisciplinary merger of expertise in immunology, nanotechnology, materials science, microbiology, neuroscience, cancer biology, gerontology, clinical science and social science.

In August 2020, seven Iowa State University researchers consolidated their laboratories into the Nanovaccine Institute’s new lab and headquarters facility in the new Advanced Teaching and Research Building. The fifth floor of the Advanced Teaching and Research Building provides contemporary research laboratories, and common and specialized research support space. The new suite totals approximately 15,000 sq. ft., which includes approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of laboratories and core facilities. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and collaborate in a team. The position also encourages the candidate to find and develop their own research subjects within the projects, in addition to the experiments requested by the collaborators.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in health-related science, or health/STEM education, or related field.
  • Applicants must have experience in duties consistent with a study coordinator (human participant recruitment, consent, enrollment, and scheduling).
  • Experience in working with human blood including isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, isolation of cell subsets, and basic immunology assays including ELISAs.
  • Expertise in mentoring of students of color in STEM fields also preferred.


Proposed Start Date:
August 1, 2021


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
June 30, 2022


Number of Months Employed Per Year:
11 Month Work Period


Time Type:
Full time


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.
 

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.


Original Posting Date:
July 27, 2021


Posting Close Date:
August 3, 2021


Job Requisition Number:
R5705


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