Postdoctoral Researcher - Molecular Parasitology – CRISPR Approaches
Penn State University
- University Park Campus
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- Date Closing:
- open until filled
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- Eberly College of Science
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Lindner Lab at The Pennsylvania State University (http://sites.psu.edu/LindnerLab/) is recruiting an outstanding post-doctoral scientist to advance CRISPR-based approaches in malaria parasites (Plasmodium spp.). The Lindner Lab uses cutting edge approaches to conduct discovery phase research with the aim of identifying weaknesses in the transmission of the parasite that can be exploited therapeutically (See PMID 23325771 and 23421981). In this project to date, we have developed a new approach to make large-scale multiplex CRISPR practical. We are now anticipating NIH funding (R21) that is dedicated to this project to understand parasite biology and develop CRISPR-based interventions. We are looking for Ph.D.-level candidates (or those who will receive their degree in the next 4-6 months) who are well trained in a related field (e.g. molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, structural biology, microbiology, parasitology). Candidates will have at least two first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals (either published or accepted), will have strong experience in basic molecular biology and microbiology techniques, and will be willing to work with mice and mosquitoes. Above all, candidates must have a strong work ethic, superb organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail in order to be successful in this position. Preferred candidates will have experience in CRISPR approaches in any organism/system, and experience in any of the following makes for an even more exceptional candidate: working with mice/mosquitoes, working in tissue culture, working with eukaryotic parasites (e.g. Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Trypanosoma), and/or working with “Big Data” experiments (NGS, Mass Spec, data management). The Lindner Lab is part of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the main campus of Penn State University (University Park, PA), and is outfitted with several exceptional core facilities, including a world-class insectary. We are also a part of the Center for Malaria Research (CMaR) at Penn State, which is a collaborative community of 12+ research groups that investigate the entire life cycle of the parasite, as well as host-parasite interactions. We are also a part of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) and Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMIID) to contribute to/benefit from our colleagues who are pursuing other pathogens and experimental strategies. The successful candidate will be offered competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as considerable professional development opportunities. Applicants must submit/upload a letter of interest, along with your CV, a brief description of your career goals, and the names and contact information for three scientific/ professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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