Center for Vaccine Research

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University of Pittsburgh
Faculty Positions
Center for Vaccine Research

 

The Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) of the University of Pittsburgh invites outstanding scientists to apply for up to four tenure-track faculty positions at Assistant and Associate Professor levels.  This interdepartmental center seeks to recruit faculty working on BSL-2, BSL-3 pathogens and/or select agents who are focusing on understanding the pathogenesis of infectious diseases with a view to translating this knowledge to the early stage development of creative interventions against clinically-relevant human and animal pathogens.   Applicants with research interests in rational attenuation, predictive vaccinology, the novel delivery of biopharmaceuticals or who use platform-based approaches to mitigate emerging infectious diseases would be ideally aligned with the mission of CVR.  

The University of Pittsburgh is currently ranked number three nationally for NIH funding.  The center encompasses approximately 20,000 square feet of space, including the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, and offers comprehensive accommodations for BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-3+ work. Biocontainment facilities include ten dedicated laboratories permitting in vitro work on select agents; an aerobiology core for computerized quantitative aerosol exposure in animal models; four fully equipped ABSL-3 facilities for in vivo infection and challenge studies; a necropsy suite and state-of-the-art multimodal whole animal imaging capabilities.

Applicants must hold a PhD (with or without DVM, MD) and postdoctoral research experience.  Successful candidates are expected to have, or to establish independent, nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research programs and contribute to teaching in graduate and/or professional curricula. 

Salary, rank, and academic appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.   Competitive start-up, compensation and benefits packages are available.

Learn more about the work in the CVR by visiting our website:  www.cvr.pitt.edu.

Applicants should submit i) a cover letter ii) a statement of research accomplishments and plans iii) a curriculum vitae and iv) the names and contact information for at least three professional references to the CVR Search Committee c/o W. Paul Duprex, PhD, Director Center for Vaccine Research via CVRInfo@pitt.edu (subject line: CVR Faculty Search). 

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.

 

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

 

University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Position
Center for Vaccine Research

 

A postdoctoral position is available immediately to study the interactions between mosquito-borne viruses and their hosts, focusing on differences in eastern and Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus cell tropism and their relationship to virus-elicited innate and adaptive immune responses in vitro and in animal models of disease. The candidate should have a PhD degree and be familiar with basic techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and immunology. Research experience in RNA virology, viral pathogenesis and/or flow cytometric analysis of immune cell subsets is highly desirable. Individuals with experience working in BSL-3 containment are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and will be required to obtain Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by federal regulation. Interested individuals should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, e-mail and telephone number for three references to William B. Klimstra, Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh, 9047 BST3, 3501 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Tel: 412-648-5962; Email: klimstra@pitt.edu; website: https://cvr.pitt.edu/people/william-klimstra-phd.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.

 

 

 

 

Laboratories Research Technician   [Requisition Number 19009802]
Senior Research Technician – Research IV  

This position is to deliver support and research activities in the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) and to develop and maintain systems which facilitate the smooth running of the center. Incumbent is required to perform in vitro and in vivo research in Biosafety Level 2 and 3 (BSL 2/BSL 3) environments with work in the Biocontainment Facility. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to routine calibration, standard maintenance, overseeing scheduling of CVR research equipment and ordering CVR supplies.

These include biosafety cabinets, centrifuges, ultracentrifuges, flow cytometers, real-time PCR machine, spectrophotometer, ELISpot reader, microplate beta scintillation counter, Bioplex array system, microplate luminometer, AutoMACS separator, dishwasher and autoclaves. The incumbent will ensure that new staff are formally trained in the correct use of this research equipment. Incumbent will be responsible for research involving the study of recombinant paramyxoviruses for in vitro study of entry, replication and release, as well as work with small laboratory animals.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting independent studies; analyzing, preparing and presenting data at weekly laboratory meetings; performing virological, biochemical and molecular biology techniques; preparation of virus stocks and plaque assay titration, quantitative and non-quantitative RT/PCR, western blot, animal infection, indirect immunofluorescence and other assays of virus infection efficiency and growth. Position involves detailed record keeping. Incumbent will be required to have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and as a fully productive, cooperative team member within CVR and affiliated research group(s).

Strict adherence to BSL 2/BSL 3 procedures is essential. Position will require some scheduling flexibility around core laboratory hours. This position will require successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation.

Master’s degree in relevant field. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

Interested individuals may apply for the position through the Talent Center: Careers at Pitt here.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.