Cornell University, Biomedical Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-BME-POSTDOC [#15397, WDR-00021240]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Position (Genomic-based Medicine)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Genetics
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/11/06, finished 2020/11/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Postdoctoral Research Position (Genomic-based Medicine)

A position for a postdoctoral researcher 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 genomic medicine technologies to study and diagnose immune and infection related disease in humans.

Research opportunities are available in one of three areas: 1) Exploiting the phenomenon of circulating cell-free DNA, small fragments of DNA that can be isolated from blood and urine, for the monitoring of a wide range of diseases and conditions, including infection and immune-related complications. 2) Monitoring of immunotherapies via single-cell RNA sequencing technologies, including technologies developed in house, and 3) The development and application of methodologies for spatial mapping of complex microbial communities. These research directions are supported by multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Representative research articles: A cell-free DNA metagenomic sequencing assay that integrates the damage response to infection. Alexandre Pellan Cheng, Philip Burnham, John Richard Lee, Matthew Pellan Cheng, Manikkam Suthanthiran, Darshana Dadhania, Iwijn De Vlaminck Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). Simultaneous multiplexed amplicon sequencing and transcriptome profiling in single cells Mridusmita Saikia*, Philip Burnham*, Sara H. Keshavjee, Michael F. Z. Wang, Pablo Moral-Lopez, Meleana M. Hinchman, Charles G. Danko, John S. L. Parker, Iwijn De Vlaminck. Nature Methods (2019). Highly Multiplexed Spatial Mapping of Microbial Communities Hao Shi, Warren Zipfel, Ilana Brito, Iwijn De Vlaminck. BioRxiv 678672.

Candidates are required to hold Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees (or expected to soon obtain Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degrees). The candidate will have a track record of publications in leading journals. Preference will be given to technically skilled and creative researchers that can effectively communicate with clinical collaborators. Prior experience with bioinformatics and/or molecular biology is desirable but not required. Candidates with a research background in unrelated fields (e.g. biophysics, physics, chemistry), but that possess exceptionally strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have fluency in written and spoken English and ability to work well with other stakeholders. Additionally, a strong record of prior success, as indicated by peer review publications is expected.

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Further Info:
Cornell University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
115 Weill Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7202