Cornell University, Microbiology & Immunology

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Position ID:Cornell-M&I-POSTDOC1 [#17459]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Chemical Biology
Appl Deadline:2020/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/11/04, finished 2021/06/19)
Position Description:    

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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 vaccine and booster 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 full 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 It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

For additional information on Cornell's Vaccination/Booster Compliance Program click here.

The Chang Lab ( conducts research at the interface of chemical biology, microbiology, and immunology. Located in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, NY, our research is focused on understanding chemical communication between the gut microbiome and the host immune system.  Using both chemical and biological approaches, we develop novel chemical tools to understand 1) the metabolism of the gut microbiome and 2) important pathways within the host immune system by controlling the activities of specific immune cell types. 

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with an outstanding record of independent research in chemical biology to carry out interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of chemical biology, microbiology, and immunology. Projects may include organic synthesis of novel chemical probes, application of these probes to biological systems, and biological study of host-microbe interactions.

A cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, research skills and experience, CV (including a list of publications), and the names of three professional references should be emailed to Dr. Pamela Chang ( Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until filled. As per Cornell’s standard policy, this is a one-year appointment, subject to renewal based on performance and available funding.

Required qualifications:
Individual must either have a Ph.D. or be completing a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Biology with strong knowledge base and extensive experience in organic synthesis, chemical biology, or a related field.

Design and carry out multistep organic syntheses of chemical probes, apply these probes in biological systems, and pursue hypothesis-driven studies of host-microbe interactions. Techniques may include but are not limited to: organic synthesis, i.e., setting up reactions, purifying compounds, NMR/MS characterization; biochemical and (bacterial and mammalian) cell-based assays; and in vivo studies in mice.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Cornell University
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
C5 173 Vet Med Center, Box 5
Ithaca, NY 14853