Posting Number G/R03841P
Working Title Postdoctoral Associate
About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with
statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most
comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education
(https: // www. uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public
universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is
located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended
campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by
the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the
country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and
more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000
students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and
professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as
well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health
Sciences Campus in Athens.
About the College/Unit/Department
Will need evidence of degrees, curriculum vitae, and official transcripts
College/Unit/Department website www. bmb.uga.edu
Employment Type Employee
Additional Schedule Information
Anticipated Start Date 11/01/2019
Posting Date 07/03/2019
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Location of Vacancy Athens Area
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic
information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected
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Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors
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Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of
100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance,
with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do
not go below 5% time per assigned duty.
Isolate Fc gamma receptors from primary human cells
Percentage of time 20
Characterize Fc gamma receptors from primary human cells using mass
Percentage of time 20
Develop a recombinant in vitro model system to express appropriately modified
Fc gamma receptors
Percentage of time 40
Scientific writing of manuscripts, reports and grants
Percentage of time 20
Classification Title Post-Doctoral Associate AD
UGA Job Code
A person in this position will have two primary objectives: the first is to
purify proteins from peripheral human blood and characterization using mass
spectrometry. The second goal is to develop an in vitro expression system to
test how protein modifications impact cell activation. The goal of these
studies is to determine how cells in the human immune system modify antibody-
binding receptors and define how these modifications impact cell activation.
This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this
research is to characterize how a specific group of proteins, the Fc gamma
receptors, are modified in the human body. Our laboratory has developed
protocols to isolate proteins from primary human monocytes and natural killer
cells that were isolated from apheresis and through negative selection. We
have also determined that modification of the Fc gamma receptors affects
antibody binding affinity in vitro. The goal of this position is to determine
if receptor modifications impact cell activation.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position
A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or a related field.
A preferred candidate will have significant experience purifying proteins or
experience using mammallian cells. An ideal candidate will have significant
experience in both aspects of this position. Experience with mass spectrometry
is also valuable, but not required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Be able to create, test and then teach complex written molecular biology or
biochemical protocols. Have excellent sterile technique. Be proficient with
primer design, various forms of PCR, DNA/RNA-purification, gel electrophoresis
and sequencing. Must be able to transform, overexpress and purify proteins
from a host organisms. Excellent record keeping and organizational skills.
Must be able to prepare scientific manuscripts and oral presentations. Must be
able to work as a team-member and team-lead.
Perform biochemistry experiments in a laboratory. This includes working at a
laboratory bench and desk, reaching into equipment including incubators as
well as transferring reagents to other rooms.
Is this a Position of Trust?
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Is driving a requirement of this position?
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age
of 18 or direct patient care? No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security,
personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)
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