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Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
Date Posted 03/04/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Overview

The Vaccine Analytics and Formulation Center (VAFC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for its unique and innovative biotechnology center located within the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. The VAFC’s focus is on developing new vaccine and biotherapeutic candidates for the developing world.  https://vafc.ku.edu

Job Description

50% - Designing and Execution of Experiments

  • These duties include carrying out original research relative to the mission of the center. The center is focused on the development of pharmaceutical formulations of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to perform experiments on an individual basis that pertain to current research topics in the center including analytical characterization, stabilization, formulation and delivery of a wide variety of macromolecules used as biopharmaceutical drugs and vaccines including peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, virus-like particles, live attenuated viruses and bacterial cells. 
20% - Write Reports and Papers
  • These duties include writing technical reports for the industrial clients, standard operating procedures of new and unique laboratory equipment and writing scientific papers for peer reviewed journals. 
15% - Assist Other Center Members with Experiments
  • Trains other staff in the use of specialized equipment as well coordinates the maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Equipment includes CD, fluorescence, FT-IR, light scattering calorimetric techniques, HPLC, gel and capillary electrophoresis, LC-MS and other biophysical and biochemical techniques
15% - Routine Lab Management
  • These duties include but are not limited ensuring systems are in place for efficient planning of lab supplies, management of laboratory records and documents as well as experimental protocols and data, and coordination of good lab practices and lab safety.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the area of degree in the field of virology (preferred), biology, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry or related field.
  • Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials and publications.
  • NOTE

    : This is a limited term position. To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months.  Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Emily Thomas-Dykes

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Application review begins on March 12, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate has been identified.

    Application Review Begins


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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