A postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Juan Calix in the Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is available. The Calix lab (Est. 2021) focuses on the microbial and environmental determinants that facilitate the propagation (transmission, niche colonization, population persistence, etc.) of pathogenic bacteria among individuals at risk of eventual opportunistic infections. Our goal is to identify key pathobiological "choke points" that can be targeted by preventative efforts against modern-day bacterial pathogens, with current focus on Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter and non-vaccine serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Our translational research strategy begins with elucidating the molecular epidemiology of infections through next-generation sequencing of clinical isolates supplemented by clinical metadata. This aids in identifying microbial factors of interest and the building of clinically-relevant hypotheses. We subsequently investigate these factors using clinical isolates, and combining benchtop immunological/biochemical/molecular microbiology techniques and non-animal models. We have special interests in bacterial surfaces and microbial glycobiology.
Candidates will be expected to develop a project studying novel lineages of Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, under close and direct mentored support from Dr. Calix. Candidates must have a PhD in Microbiology or related field with a strong background in microbiological techniques, especially molecular bacteriology and protocol development/troubleshooting. Strong communication and writing skills are required, as candidate will be expected to develop grant proposals and manuscripts. Based on the candidate’s interests and goals, it is expected that this work will be adopted by the candidate as the foundation of a mentored career/research development proposal (K series equivalent, early career award, etc.) towards the end of the postdoctoral period. The ideal candidate must be willing to move to Birmingham, AL for the position.
Duties include but are not limited to
- Project management
- Supporting development of protocols and collaborations
- Qualitative data acquisition
- Analysis of existing qualitative and quantitative data
- Leading and supporting manuscript writing
- Leading and supporting grant proposal development and writing
- Supervision and mentoring of graduate students
Ample opportunities for professional development, mentorship, academic and research leadership, publication, and applied knowledge translation will be provided through the interdisciplinary training environment in the UAB School of Medicine and Division of Infectious Disease, Division of Pulmonology/Allergy/Critical Care, and the Department of Microbiology. Dr. Calix collaborates closely with UAB and other U.S. and international partners with expertise in qualitative methods, epidemiology, clinical microbiology, molecular bacteriology, animal models and bioinformatics.
The ideal start date is December 1, 2021, though later start dates will be considered.
Funding for this position is available for at least 2 years.
- PhD and/or MD
- Experience in advanced molecular microbiology techniques is highly desirable
- Strong academic references reflecting ability to develop a research project and proficiency in manuscript creation is highly desirable
- Experience in bioinformatics and multi-omic techniques is desirable
- Experience working in research collaborations is desirable
Applications should be submitted as single PDF document that includes
- a one-page statement of academic/research interests
- academic CV
- contact information for three academic references
- academic transcripts for the most recent degree completed/in progress
should be addressed to:
Juan Calix, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
About our Postdoc Office:
UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.
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