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CMI - Postdoctoral Fellow – Microbiome, Bioinformatics & Immunology in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

The Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in microbiome-focused multidisciplinary investigation. The research project aims to investigate the interface of gut microbiome and host immune responses in children and adults affected by mental health conditions including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A training emphasis will be also, given to bioinformatics and data analytics.

Scope of research:

  • Analysis of microbial communities in the gut and oral microbiome
  • Immunophenotyping via flow cytometry, cellular techniques for inflammation regulation, immunoassays, and molecular techniques
  • Curation and transformation of multi-parameter clinical phenotype and behavior information
  • Integration of multi-omic data to examine microbiome-brain connection
  • Wet and dry lab activities
     

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in a relevant discipline, including in the areas of immunology, biology, bioinformatics, systems biology or a related field
  • Strong research record
  • Experience with Python and/or R is a plus

Host faculty include Suzi Hong (Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Public Health) and David Rosenberg (Psychiatry), and Rob Knight (Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering).

Email your CV/cover letter to CMIInfo@ucsd.edu by May 15, 2019 to apply.

UC San Diego - Assistant Professor - Systems Engineering

The University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering (http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/), invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor) in our dynamic and rapidly growing engineering school. The Jacobs School of Engineering is committed to building an excellent, diverse and inclusive faculty, staff and student body. Partnership with industry and our community is at the core of the University's mission; the successful applicant will be expected to establish a vigorous program of high quality research that complements existing collaborative research programs and reflects UC San Diego's leadership as a research university. Faculty in the Jacobs School of Engineering benefit from the presence of numerous major research centers at UC San Diego and the Jacobs School's leadership in fostering interdisciplinary basic research and collaborations with industry.

The appointment will be in the Jacobs School of Engineering, within one or more of our six departments:

  • Bioengineering (BENG),
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE),
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE),
  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (MAE),
  • Nanoengineering (NANO), and/or
  • Structural Engineering (SE).

The open position is in the fields of

  • Designing systems at scale
  • Analysis, control and design optimization of complex systems
  • AI for complex systems designs
  • Model based engineering
  • Uncertainty in complex systems design
  • Computational methods for multiphysics, multiscale and multifidelity analysis and optimization of interconnected systems

This position requires teaching of university students and applicants are required to have a PhD or advancement to candidacy at the time of application. The degree should be in bioengineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, nanoengineering, structural engineering, or a related area. Candidates with experience with or willingness to engage in activities that contribute to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

UC San Diego - SIO - Biology Researcher

RESEARCH POSITION AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY, UCSD – BIOLOGY SECTION

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California San Diego (http://scripps.ucsd.edu) invites applications for a full-time Researcher position to be funded largely by extramural research grants and contracts in any of the research areas listed below. The Researcher series at SIO parallels the Professor series in terms of expectations for research and service but carries no teaching requirements. Researchers receive nine-month appointments with 25% salary support from institutional sources. Externally funded research programs are expected to provide the remaining salary support, including an opportunity for summer salary. Researchers at SIO often obtain lecturer appointments in the SIO department, which provides a mechanism to serve as a graduate student advisor.

They are seeking a motivated, broad-thinking scientist to develop a vigorous research group and provide intellectual leadership in their field while complementing existing expertise in the Biology Section. They are interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in research as well as service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. They anticipate hiring at the Assistant Researcher level, but exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for the Associate Researcher or Full Researcher levels.

  1. Marine aquaculture research including micro and macroalgae, shellfish, or finfish and may include the basic biology of aquaculture species with application for enhanced productivity.
  2. Marine “omics” research including applications of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics to address fundamental questions in ocean biosciences and issues related to human health and the oceans.

The position requires a PhD, in a relevant field, at time of application and candidates should have a competitive record of publication, as well as evidence of the ability to conduct and fund an active research program consistent with the appointment level. It is anticipated that successful candidate will have extramural salary support at the time of appointment. Salary will depend on experience and be based on UCSD pay scales.

For full consideration, please apply by the April 1, 2019 deadline at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02043

SIO is a world-renowned center of marine research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).

UC San Diego - Postdoctoral Fellow – Thackray Lab - Gut Microbiome, Reproduction, and Metabolism

 

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available to employ a PCOS mouse model to gain mechanistic insight into the role of the gut microbiome in PCOS. Recent studies from the Thackray lab demonstrated that changes in the gut microbiome are correlated with PCOS in women and in rodent models of the disorder and that these changes are linked with hyperandrogenism. The Thackray Lab (repro.ucsd.edu/thackray) is affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, the Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine at UC San Diego and the Center for Microbial Innovation. Candidates should have a PhD and a strong background in mouse physiology, endocrinology or reproductive biology is preferred.

An opening on the Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Sciences funded by NIH/NICHD is available for one year (U.S. Citizen or Green card status required) and further support is available through an R01 grant and a K12 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA). Salary is commensurate with UCSD pay scale. Start date is negotiable.

If interested, please contact Dr. Varykina G. Thackray at vthackray@ucsd.edu and provide a full CV and contact info for three references.

UC San Diego - Postdoctoral Position - Zarrinpar Lab

Investigating the Role of Specific Bacterial Functions on Host Metabolism and Other Physiological Processes

 

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD, at University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA.

The lab is interested in the intersection of circadian biology, gut physiology, and the gut microbiome and how the three interact to cause obesity, diabetes, steatohepatitis, dyslipidemia, and other gut-mediated diseases. We investigate the development of pathology as a dynamic process in a basic science and translational setting.

Specifically, we are interested in the reciprocal interaction between the luminal environment (both the gut microbiome and the content) and the gut and how the two maintain physiological homeostasis and contribute to disease. Functional manipulation of the luminal environment is performed with a novel engineered bacteria platform that allows long-standing changes with a single treatment, essentially allowing us to “knock-in” genes into the gut microbiome to study their effects on host physiological processes. This research is performed primarily in animal models, with the potential to move into clinical populations. This position will focus on using the novel technology to elucidate novel pathways by which the gut microbiome affects host physiology and use this interaction to prevent or reverse various gut-mediated diseases.

Creativity, initiative, and persistence will be absolutely essential characteristics for the successful candidate. Additionally, we are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals who thrive in a fast-paced challenging start-up research environment and can multitask and interact well with others as part of a cohesive team. If you have the desire to make a significant impact in patients’ lives, the drive to work hard, and the ingenuity to work smart, you will succeed within this team

Please review the full job description by clicking the More Info button and email resumes to Dr. Amir Zarrinpar at azarrinp@ucsd.edu  

Metagenics - Senior Manager, Clinical Research Operations

Metagenics, a CMI industry partner, is seeking a highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join us as a Senior Manager, Clinical Research Operations . You will manage all aspects of clinical trial conduct including study start-up, enrollment, study conduct and close-out. The candidate must be knowledgeable of clinical research operations, including interpretation and implementation of FDA regulations/ICH guidelines.

The candidate must have superior leadership skills combined with a solid technical foundation and an eagerness to engage with novel trial design (n-of-1).

This position requires leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit. The encumbent will be a member of the R&D leadership team.

Experience/Training/Education:

  • At minimum, a bachelor’s degree in nursing, science or health related field required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • 5 plus (5+) years’ experience in clinical trial management required.
  • Knowledge of n-of-1 study design a plus. Experience with integrative healthcare research a plus. Knowledge of functional medicine a plus.
  • Highly developed leadership skills to successfully lead a clinical study team
  • Must be willing to travel at least 25% (possibly more)
  • Ability to deal with time demands, incomplete information or unexpected events
  • Must display strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail required
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • An interest in health and wellness
  • Managing staff with experience managing medical office staff a plus
  • Excellent Technology skills including, but not limited to, MS Office Suite, Statistical Software, Online Scheduling Systems, Apps in Development

UC Riverside - Assistant/Associate Professor in Metabolomics of Adaptive Responses

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate level in the area of metabolomics focusing on cellular and physiological responses. These positions are part of a major initiative in the area of metabolomics, as UCR seeks to hire five faculty in this research area in the next three years. The new faculty will build on UCR’s current strengths in: infectious disease; host-pathogen interactions; environmental toxicology; neuroscience, aging and neurodegeneration; stem cells in development and tissue repair; evolution of secondary metabolic pathways; medicinal plants; plant secondary metabolites and human health; as well as emerging research areas such as microbiomes, eco-metabolomics, and quantitative metabolomic imaging and downstream analyses.

Successful candidates must possess an M.D. or PhD degree and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates must demonstrate notable scientific contributions, evidenced by high-quality peer-reviewed publications. Assistant-level applicants will be expected to set up an independent research program and must demonstrate the potential to secure extramural funding. Associate-level applicants are expected to have established research programs and a strong record of sustained extramural funding. All candidates should be able to demonstrate cutting-edge expertise in the development or application of metabolomics, including imaging, to biological signaling.

To apply:

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level position should apply through: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01090

Applicants for the Associate Professor level should apply through: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01091

If a candidate has a pending tenure decision at their current institution, applying for both the Assistant and Associate level positions is encouraged to allow hiring at the appropriate level within the University of California. Minorities and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Publication List, Statement of Research, Teaching Philosophy Statement, and a Contributions to Diversity Statement at the site(s) above. Names of three to five individuals for Letters of Reference should be submitted to the site(s) above; letter requests will occur immediately for applicants for the Assistant level position. Letters will be requested for applications at the Associate level after application material review. All confidential Letters of Recommendation will be uploaded to the recruitment website.

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2019. We will continue to consider applications until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications and have all Letters of Reference arrive by the above date. The position will remain open until filled.

Additional inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Linda Walling, Search Committee Chair (email: lwalling@ucr.edu). For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact Eric Chong, Academic Personnel (eric.chong@ucr.edu).

McGill University - Assistant/Associate Professor (Research)-Goodman Professorship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Department of Pediatrics of McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) invites applications for the newly established Goodman Professorship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Child Health Research at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). The successful applicant will hold a full-time academic appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, as a member of the Contract Academic Staff. 

Laboratory space will be provided in the new state-of-the-art research facilities at the RI-MUHC Glen Campus, which opened in March, 2015. 

Job Duties 

The successful applicant will be expected to: 

  • Develop an independent, innovative fundamental research program in their own areas of expertise within the context of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, which will be competitive for external funding. 
  • Actively train and support a diverse group of graduate students at the MSc and PhD level as well as postdoctoral fellows.
  • Disseminate research findings through peer‐reviewed publications, reports, public outreach, and other knowledge translation and exchange activities. 
  • The candidate is also expected to be actively involved in all aspects of McGill’s academic mission, and demonstrate strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas (research, teaching, supervision of graduate students and involvement in academic and administrative committees). 

Requirements 

  • Ph.D. degree in Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Immunology and Inflammation. 
  • Experience in the area of gastrointestinal diseases. 
  • A minimum of 2 years postdoctoral training or comparable research experience; and an outstanding scientific track record. 

Individuals with an IBD research program that includes bioinformatics and/or computational medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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University of Costa Rica - Postdoctoral Position - Microbial Ecology

A postdoctoral position is available in the field of microbial ecology at the University of Costa Rica. Given its location in the middle of a Biodiversity Hotspot, its political and economic stability, and its extensive and well-connected national park system protecting more than 25% of its landmass, Costa Rica represents an ideal location for conducting research in this field. The University of Costa Rica is the leading academic institution in Central America and is offering this position for the first time in its history. This position has been awarded to the Host-Microbe Symbiosis Research group, led by Dr. Adrián A. Pinto-Tomás (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=n5XIueMAAAAJ&hl=es).

The successful candidate will participate in an ongoing research project aimed at understanding the contributions of symbiotic gut microbes to the eco-physiology of several iconic species of wild herbivorous mammals and xylophagous insects, including peccaries, sloths, tapirs, ants, beetles and termites. Our project will describe the microbial communities of these herbivores using a combination of metagenomics and confocal and electron microscopy to establish the key players in these systems with the goal of cultivating these microbes. This will allow for the establishment of the first collection of ecologically-relevant, herbivore-associated anaerobic microbes in this biodiversity-rich country.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Biological Sciences or in a related field, experience in culture-dependent and culture-independent microbiological methods, a working knowledge of bioinformatics analyses for the study of microbial communities, and a desire to advance the field of Tropical Microbial Ecology. This position is for 1-2 years and the successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible at the University Main Campus located in San José, Costa Rica.

Interested individuals should send an application package to Dr Adrian Pinto-Tomás by email (adrian.pinto@ucr.ac.cr), consisting of:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in this position.
  2. Your resume including key publications related to this position.
  3. A copy of your PhD transcript and degree.
  4. The names and contact information for three references.

US Air Force - Research Scientist - Microbiome

UES, Inc. has an opportunity available for a Research Scientist with expertise in microbiome sample processing and analyses in support of current research efforts investigating the role of the gut microbiome in deployment-associated conditions for the US Air Force. A significant part of this effort will involve sample preparation and sequencing followed by analyses using bioinformatics tools designed to analyze microbial communities (e.g., amplicon analyses (QIIME/Mothur), metagenomics interpretation and visualization, shotgun analyses (MetaPhlAn/humann2), RNAseq, etc.). Experience with R programming or similar for statistics and data visualization would be preferable. The projects may expand to include metabolomics and thus experience with the associated sample handling and analyses for NMR and/or mass spectrometry would also be beneficial.

Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in microbiology, microbial ecology, bioinformatics, systems biology, or related field, is required.
  • Knowledge and experience in microbiome sample handling, processing, and analyses using bioinformatics tools.
  • Experience with R programming or similar for statistics and data visualization.
  • Excellent technical writing skills, proficiency in data review, and attentiveness to detail.
  • Ability to interact with team members from different research fields and in different locations.
  • This position is working within a government facility and requires U.S. Citizenship

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