A Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) position is available in the Translational NanoImmunoEngineering (T-NIE) lab of Dr. Bryan Smith in the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) and the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at Michigan State University. The BME department in IQ offers a unique environment for performing state-of-the-art research with many top scientists in the field, using advanced facilities.
The Smith Laboratory is working at the interface of nanoengineering, immunology, and imaging to develop new strategies to therapeutically manipulate and visualize the immune system in living subjects. We develop novel nano-immunoimaging and nano-immunotherapy platforms employing a variety of in vivo experimental and computational approaches.
The following publications show recent examples of our work in top journals:
We currently seek candidates well-trained in immunology and the biological sciences, preferably with exposure and knowledge in nanomedicine. Projects in the lab include:
Development of selective innate nano-immunotherapies
Immunoimaging approaches using nanomaterials based on magnetic, nuclear, and optical imaging modalities
Intracellular in vivo nanomechanics of diseased and immune cells
The successful candidate will also be expected to stay current on relevant literature related to the research projects (particularly immunology and nanomedicine), write manuscripts and funding applications such as fellowships, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.
Job duties include but are not limited to:
Performing laboratory work: cell culture, animal handling, high-dimensional flow cytometry, biochemical assays, other immunological assays (e.g., cytokine, differentiation/activation, and T cell response assays), handling biological characterization of nanomaterials, and microscopy, including work with mouse models
In vivo imaging of immunological/nano interactions in mouse models
Data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.
Operating and maintaining scientific instruments.
Maintaining lab notebook and protocols.
The Smith Lab recently transitioned from Stanford University School of Medicine and is now operational at MSU.
This position is a 12-month fixed term appointment. Renewal of position is based on funding and performance.
Review of applications begins on October 15, 2020 and will remain open until filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
A PhD or MD/PhD in immunology, biomedical engineering, or a related field.
Experience in immunology and biological sciences or related field is required.
Nanotechnology/chemistry and/or imaging expertise is preferred.
Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary.
Extensive experience with immunology is required and nano-chemistry/characterization is preferred but unnecessary.
Required Application Materials
Please submit a CV, names and contact information of at least three references, and a cover letter describing relevant research experience and fit with the advertised position.
Please contact Bryan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the positions. More information about IQ and Dr. Smith can be found at https://iq.msu.edu/bryan-smith/
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Summary of Health Risks
Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue, and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.
Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.
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