Postdoctoral Fellow - Immunology Center of Georgia

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

ID: 7152724 (Ref.No. ej-4241467)
Posted: June 1, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Fellow - Immunology Center of Georgia

Job ID: 258953
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University - Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information
The Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) represents a new initiative by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to leverage the ability of the immune system to combat disease. The IMMCG will accomplish this by assembling teams of biomedical researchers with strong records of scientific innovation and technological development. The IMMCG will be co-directed by world-class immunologists Drs. Catherine ‘Lynn' Hedrick and Klaus Ley, both of whom have made major discoveries linking immune cells to specific mechanisms of disease. The goal of the IMMCG is to produce novel and effective treatments for conditions that heavily impact the communities of Georgia and the United States. The new center is aggressively recruiting faculty and staff to lead projects focused on cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders, autoimmune and infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer.

Job Summary
Join our dynamic research team at Rafael Czepielewski's lab, where we have immediate openings for Postdoctoral Researchers. We invite outstanding and highly motivated individuals with a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and a strong background in mouse models, immunology, or molecular biology to explore novel functional roles of lymphatic vasculature and immune cells with us.

As a diverse team-oriented basic research group, we aim to understand the homeostatic and pathogenic roles of lymphatic and immune responses in the context of chronic inflammation. Our interdisciplinary team of experts uses cutting-edge techniques to unravel the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these interactions, with the goal of developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these devastating diseases.
Our latest work uncovered an unexpected role of intestinal-derived and inflammation-induced cytokine in the formation of tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) (Czepielewski et al., Immunity). We found that chronic inflammation-derived cytokine TNF promotes lymphatic endothelium plasticity and lymphatic valve defects in an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Strikingly, lymphatic-associated TLS prevent intestinal immune cell migration, lymphatic drainage, and mucosal tolerance responses.

Responsibilities to include but not limited to: Experiments: Designing and conducting independent research in line with the objectives of the research group, while maintaining the resources (ie. reagents, cells, mice) in adequate status and organization. Project Planning & Protocols: Analyzing and interpreting complex datasets and generating high-quality research findings. Manuscripts: Preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings at national and international conferences and workshops. Discussions: Engage in open discussions with the mentor regarding research matters and actively participate in departmental seminars and meetings, as well as engaging in professional development opportunities. Grant Proposals: Contributing to grant proposals and seeking external funding to support research activities. Mentoring: Assisting with the supervision and mentoring of co-workers and students. Other: Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to complete work and to meet deadlines. Willingness and ability to work with research animals. Ability to work independently with only general supervision. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Detail-oriented with strong prioritization and organizational skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases or willingness to learn.

Shift: Days; Monday - Friday *Work outside of normal business hours may be required*Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position. Recruitment Period: Until Filled.Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees. Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays. Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University. All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success." Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
Consider applying with us today! - Search for Job ID: 258953.Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university.Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee.If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365.

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