Associate Director, Gnotobiotic Mouse Program

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

Job posting number: #7067231

Posted: June 25, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Description of Work
The Associate Director will contribute to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Department of Food Science and Technology (FDST), the Nebraska Food for Health Center (NFHC), and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

The Associate Director will work in collaboration with Gnotobiotic Mouse Program Director Amanda Ramer-Tait to oversee management of UNL’s gnotobiotic mouse program and interact with investigators to design, coordinate, and implement gnotobiotic mouse experiments. The Associate Director will be expected to participate in multidisciplinary teams consisting of internal and external investigators, including industry partners. Importantly, the Associate Director will independently conduct portions of these collaborative research projects requiring the use of gnotobiotic mice, including sample collection, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Completion of such experiments may also likely call for the development of novel protocols or modification of existing procedures. Final decisions on the suitability of collaborative projects for the Gnotobiotic Mouse Program will be made in conjunction with the Program Director.

The Associate Director will also supervise (either formally or informally) staff and students as needed, including providing oversight on techniques, consulting on project direction, and serving a technical resource for other research staff. Additional responsibilities will include providing substantive contributions to preparing papers for publication and grant proposals for submission to external funding agencies as well as presenting work to colleagues and/or academic conferences.

The Associate Director will also oversee the program’s operating budget under supervision of Dr. Ramer-Tait and/or NFHC project managers and the IANR business center manager. The Associate Director will also work closely with the UNL Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Environmental Health and Safety, and other compliance offices to ensure the gnotobiotic program complies with regulations and that staff complete required trainings.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

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Minimum Required Qualifications
• PhD in immunology, microbiology or a closely related field
• Minimum of 4 years post-doctoral experience
• Minimum of 10 years of experience working with mouse models of human diseases
• Strong publication record in the area of immunology and/or biomedical research
• Served as either principle investigator or co-investigator on an awarded grant
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by publications and presentations at national scientific meetings

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience managing a research laboratory, including training and directing the research activities of graduate students and postdocs and managing budgets
• Extensive experience with immunological and/or microbiological techniques, including cell culture, flow cytometry and molecular techniques (i.e., transfections, protein purification, Western blotting, RT-PCR)
• Experience working with interdisciplinary teams as evidenced by collaborative publications and/or grants

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