Post-doc position in Mosquito Immunity

The Smith Lab in the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University is recruiting a talented individual to investigate how the innate immune response limits malaria parasites in the mosquito host. Recent work has demonstrated that mosquito blood cells (or hemocytes) are integral components of the mosquito immune response and have significant roles in limiting malaria parasite infection (see Smith et al. 2015, PNAS). We are looking for highly motivated candidates to further investigate the role of mosquito blood cells in the innate immune response.

Candidates must have completed a doctorate degree (Ph.D/M.D.) in the life sciences, with preferably less than two years of post-doctoral training. Candidates with previous training in molecular biology, genetics, immunology, and parasitology are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in insect immunity and mosquito biology is preferred, but not required. Interested applicants should be highly motivated, work well with others, and have excellent communication skills. The position is open immediately with a prospective start date in Fall 2015.

If you are interested in joining our research program, please send a single pdf comprised of a cover letter describing your research interests and background, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Ryan C. Smith (rcsmith@jhsph.edu)
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a land-grant and Research I university with over
33,000 students. Outstanding biotechnology, microscopy and BL3 facilities are available. The diverse faculty has strengths in both basic and applied research, and strong collaborative and interdepartmental interactions. Ames combines a small town environment with the intellectual stimuli expected of a world-class university community.

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