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Research Positions

Lecturer in Microbiology Position


Posting date: May 13, 2018

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiology, Section of Mcirobioiogy, invites applications for a Lecturer position in Clinical Microbiology.

Approximately 70% of the microbiologist’s time will be devoted to clinical service in the Penn Vet Small Animal Diagnostic Laboratory. The remaining time will be dedicated to teaching and collaborative research.

Advantages of the position include working with a collaborative team of dynamic diagnosticians within the diagnostic laboratory and outstanding clinicians in the hospital.

The Department of Pathobiology is home to world-class researchers in the fields of infectious disease and immunology where there are many opportunities for collaborative research. The Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHMI), which is part of Pathobiology, is an excellent resource which helps researchers leverage cutting-edge technologies (genomics, trancriptomics, etc.) to understand how microbes influence animal health and disease.

Requirements & Responsibilities: 

Candidates must have a veterinary degree (VMD/DVM) and/or PhD in a relevant field with at least 2-3 years of experience in a diagnostic lab. Board-certification or eligibility is preferred.

Clinical service requirements include daily oversight of the clinical microbiology laboratory including interpretation and reporting of aerobic, anaerobic, mycobacterial and fungal culture results. In addition, routine, extensive clinical consultation with internal and external clinicians is required.

Teaching requirements include lectures in didactic core microbiology course, coordination and oversight of the laboratory portion of the core microbiology course, teaching of house-officers and weekly rounds with senior students on the small animal diagnostic services rotation. 

It is also routine to help researchers from throughout the university with cultivation and identification of bacterial organism and advise on research approaches.

Applications will be reviewed until an appropriate candidate is identified. Start date is negotiable but as soon as possible.

Applicants should apply by submitting a letter of intent including a statement of personal goals, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references to: Shelley Rankin, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, Head of Diagnostic Services and Section Chief of Microbiology. 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University administrated programs or in its employment practices. The University of Pennsylvania is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

AA/EOE. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities / Women / Individuals with disabilities / Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.




Research Associate Position


Posting date: January 12, 2018

A Research Associate Position is available to study the mechanisms that regulate the initiation of the immune response to respiratory viruses with a particular focus on understanding the mechanism and consequences of the generation of replication defective viral genomes. Experience working in mice and processing of lung samples is required. The project will require expertise in flow cytometry, real time PCR, immunostaining and other standard immunological techniques. Extensive experience in virology, molecular biology, and deep sequencing is expected.

General Responsibilities: 

  •  Independently design and execute experiments relevant to the projects of the laboratory. Maintain accurate notebooks and electronic records. Be able to troubleshoot and consult with experts in the field.
  • Interpret and analyze experiment results/data.  Refine protocols for maximal efficiency and consistency of results.
  • Write research reports and manuscripts. Prepare and present research work at lab and departmental meetings and lectures, seminars, conferences, etc.
  • Train and supervise students and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Supervise daily operation of the lab and ensure that the lab is compliant with institutional and governmental regulations. 
  • Write grant applications for funding of his/her projects and aid in grant writing for general lab funding.
  • Assist the PI with general lab management.

Requirements: Applicants should have a PhD with 5 years or more of postdoctoral experience working in a laboratory setting.  Must have training, skills and background to perform as an independent investigator.

Application deadline is February 15, 2018, or until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Please send your application materials to mcorse@vet.upenn.edu.

AA/EOE. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities / Women / Individuals with disabilities / Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.




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Questions about our positions? Please contact Sarah Hughes.

Email: donza@vet.upenn.edu