The UCLA Immunogenetics Center, Department of Pathology, University of California, Los Angeles (www.hla.ucla.edu) is seeking a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral candidate to join a multidisciplinary team of investigators from UCLA and UCSF in a translational research project focused on characterizing immunity to Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in renal transplant recipients. The long-term goal of the research is to develop a detailed molecular map of the cross-talk between the innate and adaptive immune response in primary and latent CMV infection in the renal transplant recipient in order to define the effects of CMV infection on the development of transplant rejection and, more broadly, injury. The postdoctoral fellow will characterize antigen specific T cell responses to CMV and transplant donor alloantigens, perform high throughput immunophenoptyping, genomic and transcriptomic data and use systems-based statistical and computational immunology to define altered host:CMV interactions. Detailed insights into the interaction of the virus with the immune system will generate new concepts for more adequate vaccine strategies and risk assessment for CMV infection, and possibly for reduced or delayed immune injury to the transplanted organ.
The candidate will benefit from a highly collaborative and diverse team of investigators led by Elaine Reed at UCLA including experts in renal transplantation, infectious disease, immune profiling, biostatistics, and computational immunology at the University of California Los Angeles. Applicant must be an immunology, cell, and/or molecular biology Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. graduate (within the past 2 years). Experience with tissue culture, immunological assays, and flow cytometry is expected; whereas experience in multidimensional data set analysis is a plus. Good command of the English language (both speaking and writing) is a must. The applicant will be expected to prepare/publish manuscripts, present data at local and international meetings, and participate in seminars/meetings of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Transplantation Theme.
The successful candidate will have outstanding achievements in his/her doctoral research and possess independent research abilities and ambitious scientific goals. Please submit your cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to
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