University of South Florida — Postdoctoral Scholar Research

A postdoctoral research position in functional genomics of malaria parasites is available in John Adams’ Lab at the USF Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Research in Tampa, Florida. The postdoctoral scientist will be part of a research team that applies genome-scale forward genetic screens, using piggyBac transposon mutagenesis, to functionally annotate genes of the major human malaria pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum. The NIH-funded research project seeks to elucidate genotype-phenotype associations and decipher mechanisms of action and resistance to antimalarial drugs. The chemogenomic profiling genetic screens are combined with advanced sequencing methods and other experimental methods to functionally validate drug targets and genes that alter sensitivity to antimalarial drugs. Applicants should have skills in molecular genetics, cell biology, and bioinformatics as well as the ability to analyze experimental results and design follow-on experimental studies. Experience working with P. falciparum cultures, including gametocytes and/or sporozoite stages, is an advantage. The candidate will need to be deeply collaborative, and ready to work in a cohesive, productive team environment. A successful post doc will have considerable latitude to develop and carry forward new, independent projects.  

Essential Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree in Biological or Biomedical Sciences and a strong background in in experimental genetic approaches in P. falciparum or other Plasmodium species.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will have a strong publication record in P. falciparum research, including first author publications and experience in delivering research presentations to internal and external collaborators at scientific conferences. Experience working with gametocyte cultures and/or sporozoite stages is an advantage. Outstanding communication and collaboration skills, to ensure good interactions across multiple research teams, be independent and motivated, a self-starter and problem solver.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF POSITION: The principal duties and obligations of the appointment are to conduct malaria research in accordance with the needs of the funded research program and to generate data that will result in significant articles published in highly ranked, peer-reviewed research journals. Excellent organization and record keeping skills. Postdoc may be required to travel to work at foreign institutions of collaborating partners. The role includes out of hours work, including weekends, due to the nature of P. falciparum culture. The team takes a flexible approach to coordinating and sharing work, and working hours are adjusted as needed. This position requires the incumbent to travel domestically and internationally. Incumbent must have a current valid passport.

Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled. Review of complete applications will begin June 13, 2022.

Salary & Benefits: Nationally competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To apply:  Candidates must complete an online application for Job Opening ID _30869___, and upload the documents listed below to be considered for this position. Documents to be uploaded with the application include a letter of application addressing the advertised minimum and preferred qualifications for the position to which applying, a CV and a list of three references. Review of application will not begin until all required documents are uploaded into Careers. References will not be contacted without notifying applicants in advance. 

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