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Postdoctoral Associate (Microbiology and Immunology)
University of Miami in Miami, Florida
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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1.    Conducts research on specific areas of study as assigned.
2.    Prepares research reports and technical papers for publishing.
3.    Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and 
4.    Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
5.    Develops advanced analytical models and systems and provides solutions and analyses to 
support strategic and tactical decisions.
6.    Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to 
include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.

Ph.D. required

No prior experience required
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:
•     Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.
•     Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.
•     Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

Department Specific Functions                                                                      
The Serafini Lab investigates the biology of the tumor microenvironment in cancer and the 
pancreatic microenvironment in Type 1 Diabetes. We are developing new nanotechnology-based tools 
for the targeted delivery of therapeutics, and the modulation of the biology of myeloid derived 
suppressor cells and beta cells in vivo. Current projects build on work published in Van Simaeys et 
Al. (Nature Communications 13 (1), 1-18, 2022), Musiu et al. (Cell Death & Differentiation 29 (2), 
420-438       4, 2022), Zilio et al. (Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 10 (1), e003131), and De 
La Fuente et al. (Science Translational Medicine 12 (548), eaav9760).
You will be joining a new effort that will take a parallel in vitro and mouse model strategy to 
modulate the proliferation of human beta cells in vivo using RNA aptamers. The second project 
focuses on arguably one of the most fundamental.

Additional Department Requirements:
Core_ Post Doctoral Associate
problems in oncology: the modulation of myeloid cell differentiation and reversal of tumor-induced 

The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent and show proven expertise in diabetes, mouse 
experimentation, and beta cell biology. Expertise in molecular biology and fluorescence microscopy 
is a plus. Most importantly, the candidate should be interested in learning different technologies 
as these interdisciplinary projects may involve molecular biology, cell culture, quantitative 
microscopy, live-cell imaging, or image analysis.
Please send a cover letter and CV, including three references.

•            Take a leading role in experimental design
•            Develops, adapts, and implements new research techniques and protocols
•            Records, analyzes, interprets, and compiles data
•            Write reports on the experiment performed
•            Co-write manuscripts and abstracts for congresses on their project
•            Operates and maintains equipment and instruments

Minimum Qualifications:

•            Highly motivated, result orientated, ambitious, and passionate about science

•            Ph.D. in molecular biology, endocrinology, immunology, or similar fields

•            Good knowledge of aptamer technology and beta cell biology

•            Handling samples and performing immunology techniques and cell culture in a BSL2 setting

•            Excellent time management and ability to meet deadlines
•            willingness to work outside of the core expertise
•            Ability to work independently and participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse team
•            Proficiency in oral and written English

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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