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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position Division of Rheumatology


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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Medicine, Rheumatology

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position Division of Rheumatology


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Position Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at the University of Washington to investigate mechanisms of mitochondrial-mediated inflammation in rheumatic disease.

This is a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar position on an annual, 12-month appointment. Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The project aims to investigate mechanisms of mitochondrial extrusion and clearance, and its contribution to inflammation and autoimmunity, in particular as it pertains to rheumatic disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (PMID 26779811, 30796192 and 33597264). In brief, the project will investigate mechanisms of extrusion of mitochondria by activated immune cells, neutrophils, as well as subsequent uptake and processing of the released mitochondria by phagocytes, and the influence of autoantibodies and complement in this process. Further, the project aims to identify and characterize novel anti-mitochondrial antibodies, as well as determine their clinical significance in development of thrombosis, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in young women with rheumatic disease. The NIH-funded project builds on many years of work, including several publications, and will extend our findings that mitochondria may be a novel therapeutic target in SLE.

The Division of Rheumatology offers an ideal research and training environment, with a strong focus on translational research, with interactions with our clinical colleagues, access to patient samples, close proximity and collaboration with investigators in the immunology department, as well as access to the mitochondrial and metabolism center. The candidate will be part of a supportive collaborative team preparing the candidate for a career as an independent investigator. Salary will be commensurate with experience and based on NIH and the University of Washington guidelines.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree relevant to biological science, and a strong publication record, including first-authorships, preferably related to immunology. The ideal candidate will have prior post-doctoral experience. Experience with biochemistry and mass spectrometry is desirable. Basic knowledge and hands-on experience in molecular biology, protein chemistry, animal work, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA, and qPCR are helpful.

Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and CV as well as the names/emails for three references via Interfolio. Contact rheum@uw.edu with any additional questions.

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