Postdoctoral Associate



Summary

Postdoctoral position: Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) vaccine development

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a unique and highly collaborative project between Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston zoo. The project involves the study of a newly recognized pathogen for Asian elephants known as Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), which can cause lethal hemorrhagic disease, particularly in juvenile Asian elephants.

Job Duties
  • Refine and implement serological and cell-immunity-based assays towards the evaluation of anti-EEHV vaccines in small animal models.
  • Conduct basic immunology and immunological research.
  • Conduct reserach with basic skills with molecular biology techniques such as cloning, qPCR, and protein expression, particularly with recombinant vectors.
  • Provide occasional backup for EEHV qPCR testing that our laboratory provides to the Houston zoo.
  • Work with a diverse team.
  • Plan, direct and conduct specialized and advanced research experiments.
  • Evaluate and analyze data.
  • May establish new research protocols and procedures.
  • Summarize research findings and publish results in research journals.
  • May be responsible for laboratory operations.
  • May supervise research staff.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. and/or DVM
  • Experience Level: 0-3 years of experience


Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge and experience with basic immunology and immunological methodologies is essential.
  • Basic skills with molecular biology techniques such as cloning, qPCR, and protein expression, particularly with, recombinant vectors, is desirable.
  • This research project requires frequent interactions with zoo personnel who manage the care and environment for the elephants at the zoo, so good interpersonal skills, an ability to work with a diverse team, and a general interest in animal health are essential.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

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