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Immune Modulation in Cardiovascular Disease

The University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy, Lexington, Kentucky

Position Description:

Postdoctoral position available for highly motivated individual interested in immune modulation.

The Venditto Lab  is looking for a highly motivated scientist to contribute to investigate drug carriers to modulate immune responses in animal models focused on cardiovascular disease. Successful postdoctoral candidates must hold or have a closely pending doctoral-level degree in Immunology, biomedical sciences, or pharmaceutical sciences. Additionally, candidates should have at least two first author publications (published or in press) in English Language peer reviewed journals.

It is highly preferred that candidates have the following skills: mouse handling and in vivo immunology studies, assessment of immune responses by ELISA and/or flow cytometry. Candidates with these skills and a background in nanoparticle formulation would be highly competitive for this position. Please include a skill section on your CV when applying. This is an interdisciplinary laboratory where the candidate will be expected to contribute to several aspects of the project from liposomal formulation, characterization, to in vitro and in vivo evaluation. The ideal candidate will utilize this position as an opportunity to apply their former training to this exciting project and learn new skills to advance their career.

The ideal candidate will also be highly independent and be able to work collaboratively to advance the specific goals of their project and contribute conceptually to other projects in the laboratory. They must be able to pursue intellectually and technically complex projects through to completion, and interpret scientific data and results. The appointee will be given autonomy to grow as an independent scientist while working as part of the team to accelerate the research objectives of the lab.
 

Qualifications:

PhD in Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutics or related field
 
Required Experience
Demonstrates experience of knowledge in the following techniques:
  • Mouse handling
  • Immune modulation (vaccines or therapeutics)
  • In vitro and in vivo assessment of immune response
Preferred Education/Experience
It is highly preferred that candidates have the following skills:
  • Murine immune studies
  • ELISAs
  • Mammalian cell culture
It is preferred that candidates have one of more of the following skills:
  • Flow cytometry
  • Nanoparticle formulation
  • ex vivo T cell / B cell activity
The appointee will prepare manuscripts for publication, contribute to grant applications, present findings at seminars and conferences, and contribute to group meetings. The appointee will also be asked to mentor graduate, professional, and undergraduate students in the laboratory.

The Venditto Lab is located at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in the Lee T. Todd Jr. Building, which is designed to foster a collaborative environment and promote cross pollination of ideas across disciplines. The UK College of Pharmacy is ranked #6 in the country. Our lab utilizes innovative approaches to modulate immune responses to understand the molecular underpinnings of disease and develop new therapies that will one day improve patient outcomes. More information on the laboratory research can be found at: www.vendittolab.createuky.net
 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply directly on the University’s website:  https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/336185
 
Candidates should upload a current CV, contact information for three references under specific request 1 and a brief statement on their previous research experience and future goals under specific request 2.