Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Position Overview

The Immune Engineering Lab at the University of Kansas ( , Google Scholar link: ) is seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher to apply high-throughput immune repertoire analyses for rapid antibody discovery and to investigate immune responses to cancer, viral vaccines, and infections.  These projects are funded by multiple sources, including NIH, DoD, and private industry.
We seek individuals who are passionate about uncovering the mechanisms of adaptive immune protection and leveraging that knowledge to discover antibody and T cell receptor drug candidates and develop novel preventative and therapeutic strategies. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. at the time of appointment or soon thereafter in immunology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, or a related field. Preference will be given to researchers with experience in molecular biotechnology, immune response analysis, and/or the study of infectious diseases.
The University of Kansas (KU) is a major research university with a special strength in development and commercialization of vaccines and therapeutic proteins. The KU School of Pharmacy is consistently ranked as one of the top five pharmacy programs in the nation by NIH funding.  The DeKosky laboratory interacts with the Higuchi Biosciences Center, the Kansas Vaccine Institute, and the Center for Computational Biology, which are leading research centers at KU in the biological sciences.  The DeKosky lab has ongoing productive collaborations with researchers at NIH, Columbia-NYC, The University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, CU-Denver, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Pediatric Hospital, and several other institutions.  KU is located in Lawrence, Kansas, about 40 miles from Kansas City. Lawrence is a progressive and cosmopolitan university city of around 100,000 people, with vibrant art, music, and sports scenes.
Outstanding candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. DeKosky by e-mail at dekosky [at] ku [dot] edu.

Job Description

60% Research -  Design and execution of experiments
These duties include carrying out original research relative to the laboratory mission. Perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the department.
20% Reporting -  Write reports and papers
Writes technical reports and scientific papers for peer reviewed journals.  Additional responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of preparation of grants/contracts and proposals for federal, state and charitable organizations and industrial clients.
15% Collaboration -  Assist other laboratory members with experiments
Assist the principal investigator to provide experimental and technical supervision of one or more technician, graduate student and/or post-doctoral researchers and/or fellows.
5% Laboratory protocol -  Routine lab management
Ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, records and document management as well as experimental protocols and data, and coordination of good lab practices and lab safety.

Required Qualifications

1.  Ph.D. in the area of immunology, biochemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology, or a related field.

NOTE:  To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months.  Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications

1.  Research experience in the study of T cells, B cells, or antibodies.
2.  Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a collaborative research effort.
3.  Publications or other evidence of scholarly achievement 

Contact Information to Applicants

Brandon DeKosky

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application consists of curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Application review begins on 1/16/2019 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is assembled.

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $47,476

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Anticipated Start Date


Work Location

University of Kansas - Lawrence

FLSA Status

Professional (Salaried)

Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday / 40 hours a week

Conditions of Employment

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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