Iowa State University Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biomedical Sciences in Ames, Iowa

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Posting Details

Posting Number 800149

Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biomedical Sciences

Advertised Employing Department Biomedical Sciences

Appointment Type Post Doctoral

Base of Employment D - Post Doctoral

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Pay Frequency Monthly

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 1 year term

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University invites applications for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position within the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS).

The major goals of the laboratory research program and this position are: (1) to design and to evaluate immunogenicity of novel antigens that can elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1 and influenza virus (2) to characterize biochemical and structural properties of antigens in order to facilitate better understanding of their immunogenicity and subsequent structure-based immunogen design (3) to develop novel antigen-delivery platforms for inducing potent humoral immunity.

The candidate will acquire additional knowledge and training while being involved in various aspects of vaccine research and development, including structure-based immunogen design, molecular cloning and production of immunogens, immunization of small laboratory animals (e.g. mice and rabbits), and evaluation of antibody responses through serum analyses (e.g. ELISA, ELISPOT, FACS and neutralization assays), next-generation sequencing of polyclonal sera, hybridoma production, and molecular cloning and production of monoclonal antibodies. The successful candidate will gain experience in applying molecular biology, viral immunology, and biotechnology towards viral vaccine research and development and will be trained in using the latest tools and techniques in translational biomedical research for developing preventive vaccines against human and animal diseases, useful in preparing them for an independent career. The candidate will also be involved in training junior laboratory members (technicians, graduate and undergraduate students). This training will provide valuable experience in organization and leadership. This person will also continue to build skills while writing manuscripts for publication and assist in writing grant proposals.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and possess the ability to work both independently and collaboratively both within the laboratory and with outside associates. The ability to communicate well orally and in writing is also essential for this position.

Required Education and Experience

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Virology, Microbiology, Immunology or other related field

Experience with Biosafety Level 2 and mammalian cell culture

Preferred Education and Experience

• Experience with viruses (especially HIV-1 and/or influenza) using a variety of molecular biology, biochemistry and immunological techniques including PCR, molecular cloning, recombinant protein expression in prokaryotes and/or insect or mammalian cells, and protein purification, as well as immunoassays (ELISA, Western blot, ELISPOT, FACS) • Experience and working knowledge with SPR analyses and next-gen sequencing • Experience working with animals (injections, bleeding)

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Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Department/Program & College Description

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Dr. Michael Cho

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Additional Information

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please email the following documents to 1) Curriculum Vitae 2) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-2441.

Guaranteed Consideration Date

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Postdoc Research Associate - 0100


Job Category Post Doctoral