The Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) seeks to understand the roles of the immune system in health and disease, with a specific research emphasis on understanding the causative genetic and molecular events in systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. We invite qualified candidates that share our interest and mission to understand autoimmunity to apply for established Assistant or Associate Member level positions (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor positions).
Arthritis and Clinical Immunology investigators have access to several outstanding OMRF Core facilities including Sample Procurement and Processing Core, Immunophenotyping Core, Clinical Core, Flow Cytometry Core, Next Generation DNA Sequencing Core, Quantitative Data Analysis Core, and state-of-the-art clinical facilities. Extensive autoimmune disease and control sample collections are available in the OMRF Biorepository and growing longitudinal patient cohorts in SLE, UCTD, ILE, Autoimmune Disease Pregnancy, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis are also available resources. ACI is currently supported by resources provided by a NIAMS Rheumatic Disease Research Cores Center, NIAID Autoimmunity Center of Excellence, NIAMS Center of Research Translation in Sjogren’s, NIAID Autoimmunity Prevention Center, and NIGMS support of a COBRE and CTR program. Selected candidates will receive a generous, multi-year startup package with significant, sustained salary and research support, as well as access to considerable departmental clinical and translational research infrastructure.
Candidates must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree in biological or biomedical science fields, and a minimum of 3 years of relevant post doctoral research experience or training. Senior candidates will also be considered. Successful candidates also demonstrate research productivity with a strong publication record, and the capacity to define and implement an independent research program via the submission of a research plan/career goal statement or ideally with external, peer-reviewed ongoing funding. The selected candidate is expected to maintain a vigorous and independently funded research program that addresses fundamental questions in the field of autoimmunity.
Interactive and creative candidates whose research interests complement and expand the Foundation’s current research expertise in systemic autoimmunity diseases including system lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, will be given highest priority. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise and outstanding research accomplishments in the functional characterization of genetic variants associated with autoimmune diseases or in other aspects of patient-oriented mechanistic studies of autoimmunity. More specifically, we seek candidates in one or more of the following areas:
1. identification and analysis of genetic and epigenetic interactions
2. development and use of genetic model systems including iPSC
3. genome engineering technology as they apply to functional genomics
4. microbiome characterization
5. systems biology
OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. OMRF investigators enjoy close scientific interactions with OUHSC faculty and have the opportunity to participate in OUHSC graduate programs.
To apply, submit a completed application, including cover letter, resume/CV, future research plan, career goals and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary, confidential inquiries may be referred to Dr. Patrick Gaffney at [email protected].
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