A position for a research associate is available in the group of Iwijn De Vlaminck at Cornell University. This will be a two-year appointment, with possible extension based on performance.
The research in the De Vlaminck lab is concerned with the development of genomics-based medicine technologies to study and diagnose immune and infection related disease in humans. Of immediate interest to the available position, the lab is interested in exploiting the phenomenon of circulating cell-free DNA, small fragments of DNA that can be isolated from blood and urine, for the diagnosis of infection and immune injury.
The candidate will play a execute and help manage multiple, multi-PI, collaborative projects with the goal to 1) Test the utility of cell-free DNA in urine as an analyte of urinary tract infection. 2) Test the utility of a measurement of the tissues-of-origin of cell-free DNA in the blood circulation to monitor post-transplant immune complications. 3) Test the utility of cell-free DNA in blood or urine to monitor or screen tuberculosis. These research directions are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The candidate will conduct innovative research with both a strong wetlab (molecular biology) and dry lab (computational biology) component. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out impactful research, and to disseminate this research to the research community via conference contributions and journal presentations. The candidate will take on project management duties, including dissemination of results via grant progress reports and publications. The candidate will carry out research with at the highest technical and ethical standards and candidate will be responsible for communicating key results to collaborators, including clinician scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dana Farber. The candidate will maintain excellent working relations with the graduate students and postdoctoral associates in the lab.
The candidate will be supported with a competitive salary. We offer excellent working conditions in state-of-the art facilities. We provide opportunities to learn about advanced microscopy, cell-free DNA and single-cell sequencing techniques, and data visualization. The option to learn about translational research will be provided.