Postdoctoral Research Scholar 0-5 yrs Experience
Req No: 2023-16209
$5373.33 per month
The salary for this position is $$5,373.33 per month, ($64,480 a year) and is non-negotiable.
There is an opening for talented postdocs to join the Roach Lab focused on studying infectious diseases and bacteriophages. The Roach Lab investigates several aspects of the tripartite interactions between bacteria, phages and human hosts using innovative models of disease, including those for the pre-clinical and clinical development of phage therapies. The lab has long-term academic, academic-medical and academic-industry collaborations to stimulate and strengthen research and development in phage therapy initiatives. The Roach lab is now using their ever-expanding phage library and manufacturing platform to provide phages for compassionate use phage therapy under the FDA’s expanded access pathway.
In the open role, you will have the opportunity to develop modern bioanalytics with biofilm-on-chip microfluidics research with an emphasis on influence of hydrodynamic flow and phage lytic forces on biofilms. While great advances have been made in the understanding of biofilms from the perspective of molecular biology, there is a growing need for quantitative characterization under well-defined and physiologically-relevant conditions. The in vitro evaluation of phage efficacy against biofilm infections has been mostly performed on polystyrene microtiter plates. However, the natural complexity of biofilms in human infections is not well mimicked in these ‘static’ based assays. Due to excellent control over a host of physiochemical, hydrodynamic and thermal parameters, microfluidic (MF) channels are becoming indispensable in microbiological studies. The clear planar surface and tiny dimensions of MF channels offers the opportunity to non-invasively image live biofilms, crucial for elucidating biofilm functions and expected to revolutionize the field of anti-biofilm development. One of our long-term goals will be to gain a comprehensive understanding of phage-natural-state biofilm interactions under physiologically-relevant conditions to reveal new anti-biofilm formations and structures.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
You will have the opportunity to closely collaborate with wet-lab and dry-lab students and staff. You will develop expertise in bacterial and phage genetics, molecular biology, biochemical methods, and infectious disease models. You will organize results for presentation and viewing by lab members, the wider scientific community, and prepare data for publication in scientific journals. You will assist with grant preparation and reporting.
The successful candidate will be an independent, highly motivated problem solver who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. he Research Specialist must be team-oriented and task-driven. Must be able to perform experiments under the direction of the PIs. Must be able to gather data and analyze data for reporting and publications.
Core Responsibilities 80%
The lab-personnel must be able to perform project-related technical tasks in one of the following areas:
Position Specific Responsibilities 20%
Knowledge & Abilities
Minimum Eduation and Experience
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
Additional Applicant Information
SDSU Research Foundation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU Research Foundation benefits, please click here.
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