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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Immunology and Microbiology)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Position Information


Posting Number SRGV7003
Working Title POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Immunology and Microbiology)
Number of Vacancies 1
Location McAllen, Texas
Department School of Medicine / Immunology and Microbiology
FTE 1.0
FLSA Exempt
Scope of Job
Trainee position to pursue research as a vital component of their educational mission and professional career development. Works under minimal supervision with some latitude in the use of initiative and independent judgment in research and/or teaching. Performs teaching and/or research work as required within the classroom and/or project assigned.
Description of Duties
The following is a listing of typical duties that may be applicable to the position:
Investigate the possible correlation between the human microbiome and cancer; Determine the association between the human microbiome and cancer risk with a particular focus on cancers of the liver, pancreas and renal; Develop methods for the collection, storage, and processing of samples and data for the study of the human microbiome. 
Other job duties include: 
1. Design and execute experiments to investigate microbiome in cancer and key mechanisms underlying cancer development, progression, and therapy response. 
2. Analyze experimental data using advanced techniques and tools, generating insights that drive the project’s direction. 
3. Collaborate with fellow researchers to share knowledge. 
4. Troubleshoot challenges, and contribute to a collaborative research environment. 
5. Contribute to manuscript preparation, presenting research findings at conferences, and engaging with the scientific community. 
6. Stay updated with the latest advancements in cancer research to integrate novel concepts into the projects.
Supervision Received
General direction from the assigned supervisor.
Supervision Given
Required Education
Doctoral degree from an accredited University (based on funding restrictions degree may need to have been conferred within a set period of time previous to assuming position).
Preferred Education
Required Experience
Preferred Experience
Demonstrated experience in conducting independent research projects. Proficiency in a wide range of laboratory techniques, including mammalian cell culture, plasmid isolation, experience working with mice models, Microbial culture, flowcytometry, molecular biology, proteomics, genomics, and cellular imaging.   Preferred experience with advanced equipment such as Illumina MiSeq system and techniques such as single-cell analysis is highly desirable.
Use of personal computer and proficiency in software and research statistical applications.
Working Conditions
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Standard office environment.
This is a trainee position subject to a specific time as agreed to by stakeholders.
Physical Capabilities
Employment Category Full-Time
Minimum Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date 09/05/2023
Grant Funded Position Yes
If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date 05/31/2026

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EEO Statement
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or
Additional Information
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.
All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.
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