Postdoctoral Training Opportunity in the Cummings Lab (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Principal Investigator: Richard D. Cummings

Program: National Center for Functional Glycomics (NCFG), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

Email Contact:  Jamie Heimburg-Molinaro, Ph.D., jheimbur@bidmc.harvard.edu

Research Description

A Postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA to study the immune response to the glycans expressed by Mycobacterium (Mtb), as part of a large initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our research team combines biochemistry, immunology, cell biology, and glycobiology to study protein-glycan interactions in a variety of biological settings.  We are the National Center for Functional Glycomics and also house the glycan array facility for the Consortium for Functional Glycomics.

http://ncfg.hms.harvard.edu/home

In a collaborative environment, this postdoc will be involved in the generation of glycan microarrays derived from Mtb, characterizing the glycan-specific antibody response from Mtb-infected patients, and identifying promising immunoglobulin candidates for the development of novel therapies.

Techniques include glycan purification, separation and analysis, fluorescence methods, glycan microarrays, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, and others.

Requirements:

  • PhD or MD/PhD with strong motivation and background in biochemistry, immunology, cellular & molecular biology
  • Strong first-author publications
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills in fluent English
  • Independent self-starter who thrives in a large, highly interactive, collaborative scientific environment

How to Apply:

Send a single PDF document that includes all of the following:

  • 1-page letter of application outlining your background and specific interest in our group
  • Current CV
  • 3 recent reference contacts and their information

Email the PDF document to Dr. Richard Cummings and Dr. Jamie Heimburg-Molinaro at jheimbur@bidmc.harvard.edu