Post-Doc Research Associate - Rao Lab

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
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Department SOP-DPET - 452200
Posting Open Date 09/21/2022
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Research Associate - Rao Lab
Vacancy ID PDS003596
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $53,000 - $63,000
Proposed Start Date
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy ( is one of five health science schools (Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Public Health, Medicine) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the oldest health science academic programs at Chapel Hill. The School teaches approximately 600 PharmD students and 145 graduate students. The School has built a reputation for its continued pursuit of excellence, rigorous education and training programs, cutting-edge multidisciplinary research, progressive pharmacy practices, efficient business operations, and its outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The School was named the number one School of Pharmacy in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report. The School has experienced unprecedented growth and success and continues to strategically position itself for sustained impact, as articulated in the School’s Strategic Plan (
Our Vision is to be the global leader in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Our Mission is to prepare leaders and innovators to solve the world’s most pressing health care challenges. We are Advancing Medicine for Life through innovation and collaboration in pharmacy practice, education, research, and public service.
Position Summary
* Design in vitro, cell culture, and/or in vivo focused on gaining insights into time course of host-pathogen-drug interactions. Experiments will include gathering samples for metabolomics, proteomics, drug quantification and imaging to characterize these interactions.
* Design and conduct experiments to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics and the role of antibiotic resistance in the ability of bacteria to cause infection. 
* Develop enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), utilize Luminex bead-based multiplex assay and flow cytometry to analyze samples for measuring numerous cytokines and signaling molecules.
* Perform analysis of experimental data, integrate PK/PD knowledge gained from various in vitro/in vivo experiments and contribute to the model development process to inform future study design 
* Handle data management, graphical analyses, preparing presentations and participate in (1-2 annually) related scientific symposia.
* Publish research performed, contribute to grant writing and help shape the overall scope and direction of the research program.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
A doctorate in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Experience with in vitro experiments focused on evaluating time course PK-PD characterization of antibiotics is essential.
* Hands-on experience with rodent disease models, preferably in infectious diseases with experience with drug delivery procedures (IV, IP, SC, PO), and blood and tissue collection is preferred. 
* Experience in sterile cell culture techniques, and in vitro/ex vivo immune cell-based assays.
* Preferred qualifications: Bioluminescent/fluorescence imaging using an IVIS Spectrum In Vivo Imaging System. Experience with FLOW cytometry is a plus.
* Experience with molecular biology techniques including plasmid design, qPCR, ddPCR and transcriptomics is a plus
* Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team with colleagues and collaborators from diverse backgrounds 
* Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to manage multiple tasks
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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