Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position – Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral trainee interested in working on clinical neuroscience and neuroimaging studies of geriatric depression and mind-body interventions.  Experience and interest in neuroimaging and in working with clinical populations and/or older adults are preferred. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Helen Lavretsky, MD at hlavretsky@mednet.ucla.edu.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Immunology

The UCLA Immunogenetics Center, Department of Pathology, University of California, Los Angeles (www.hla.ucla.edu) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate to join a multidisciplinary team of investigators from UCLA, UCLA-Harbor and Duke University in a translational research project focused on characterizing immunity to methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The project involves profiling innate and adaptive immune responses to understand the mechanisms underlying persistent bacteremia and to identify and validate a signature of persistence or resolution of infection. The postdoctoral fellow will generate high throughput immunophenoptyping, genomic and transcriptomic data and use systems-based statistical and computational immunology to define altered host:pathogen interactions and the role of antibiotics in MRSA persistence. The technologies to be used in this project include multiplex cytokine/chemokines, multiparameter flow cytometry, genomic and transcriptomic platforms, and in vitro manipulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

The candidate will benefit from a highly collaborative and diverse team of investigators including experts in MRSA, immune profiling, statistics, computational immunology at the University of California Los Angeles. Applicant must be an immunology, cell, and/or molecular biology Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. graduate (within the past 2 years).

Experience with tissue culture, immunological assays, and flow cytometry is expected; whereas experience in multidimensional data set analysis is a plus. Good command of the English language (both speaking and writing) is a must. The applicant will be expected to prepare/publish manuscripts, present data at local and international meetings, and participate in seminars/meetings of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and the Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Transplantation Theme.

The successful candidate must have outstanding achievement in his/her doctoral research and possess independent research abilities and ambitious scientific goals. Please submit your cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02695

UCLA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of faculty and staff diversity. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in the sciences.

Deadline for applications: December 30, 2016

Postdoc Opportunity

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

– A Ph.D. degree in Statistical genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related fields

– Experience with genome-wide association and pathways analyses

– Excellent programming skills in R

– Excellent skills in SAS or SPSS

– Experience with filemaker

– Experience with drafting high-quality manuscripts

– Fluent in spoken and written English

The team focuses on identifying genetic determinants of drug response in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The successful candidate will perform candidate-gene analyses, genetic risk score analyses and large-scale meta-analyses. He/she will work on already collected data, which include clinical outcome measures data of cognitive and executive functions, GWAS and medications data. The phenotypes of interest include mostly drug response assessed by longitudinal changes in cognitive function, progression from MCI to dementia and other quantitative endophenotypes of Alzheimer’s disease. This work will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Sokolow

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply please send: a cover letter with your reasons for applying, your skills and interests; your CV; and contact information of at least three referees to pharmacology@sonnet.ucla.edu

Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program postdoctoral fellowship is a joint initiative of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, RAND Health, The USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the VA Los Angeles Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy.  It is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The program provides comprehensive training and experience to highly-qualified postdoctoral trainees so that they may effectively engage in and lead research and implementation activities aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the U.S. health care system.

The program invites applicants interested in pursuing research in: health systems change; managed care and payment policy; implementation science; patient, provider, and organizational decision-making; health outcomes measurement and comparative effectiveness analysis; patient-centered care; and health equity, access, and quality of care for diverse populations.

Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and have obtained a Ph.D., medical degree, or other professional doctoral degree. Awards will last two years. The fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel money to attend professional meetings. The program is especially interested in attracting a diverse group of trainees, including those from underrepresented minority groups. Apply online through January 20, 2017 http://hpm.ph.ucla.edu/academics/programs/ucla-rand-post-doctoral-program.

Grant Opportunity Announcement: The Dannon Fellowship Grant

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity with you. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path.

For postdoctoral scholars who are studying topics including the gut microbiome’s impact on human health and well-being and/or the nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics, this is an exciting opportunity to not only receive educational support, but to connect with a leader in the field.  Besides the $25,000 award, Dannon Fellows are connected to each other through this scholarship, encouraging collaboration, communication, and future opportunity in the field.

In the past, the grant has assisted research on the use of foods as a delivery vector for beneficial bacteria, technology for studying the adaptation of fermentative microbes to milk, the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and digestive health, and the relationship between probiotics, the gut microbiome and brain function.

Grant applications are now being accepted, and must be submitted by February 15, 2017 to qualify. For additional information, qualification requirements, and to download a copy of the application, please click here:http://www.dannon.com/fellowship-application/.

Faculty position in Microbiome Research

This post is intended for researchers that would be interested in applying for a tenure-track faculty position in Microbiome Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University. As chair of the search committee, if you or other promising scientists are interested in applying for this position please see the official job ad here:

https://www.higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=176348480&Title=Assistant%20Professor%20%2D%20Computational%20Biology%20%2D%20Microbiome

In case you are not familiar with Auburn University, this is the land grant university for the State of Alabama with many and diverse academic units (http://www.auburn.edu/academic/auweb_academicprograms.html) including a College of Veterinary Medicine and a recently opened private College of Osteopathic Medicine. Located in the small college town of Auburn, and with access to the Atlanta metropolitan area and airport, the quality of life is excellent with a low cost of living, a nationally ranked public school system, and in most cases an exceptionally short commute! Auburn University has often been rated very highly for its policies and experience for junior faculty (http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/253), and the Department of Biological Sciences in particular is known for its strong tradition of supporting and mentoring junior faculty. Tenure expectations are reasonable and there is a good balance between research and teaching loads (most faculty teach one course per semester, and certainly for this position it would be expected that this would be 1 upper-level class per semester). We have a strong program in microbiology, with the microbiology major being a leading major in Biological Sciences, with over 50 faculty in microbiology disciplines across campus, and the Host-Microbial Interactions research group (http://www.auburn.edu/academic/cosam/departments/biology/dbs_core_areas/hmi_core_area/) one of the four core research areas in the Department of Biological Sciences. The successful faculty candidate would be able to interact with colleagues in many departments with interests in informatics, as an example there is an annual bioinformatics bootcamp organized by faculty in this department (http://www.auburn.edu/cosam/bioinformatics/), and we have multiple supercomputers that are available for faculty and student use.

Hilton Learning Opportunity for UCLA Postdoctoral Fellows

The Hilton Learning Opportunity is a unique opportunity for current UCLA postdoctoral fellows to receive advanced methods training for state of the art approaches to understanding what works to enhance equal opportunity and improve social conditions at a global scale. With mentorship from an exceptionally interdisciplinary group of experienced researchers from across the UCLA campus and around the world, this unique training opportunity will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people.

Elements of the training program:

 Access to mentorship from across the UCLA campus and around the world in how to examine what works to reduce poverty, improve health, increase education, and achieve other key goals included in the SDGs

 Specific training opportunities in advanced quantitative methods that focus on understanding causal links between national policies and programs and outcomes

 Mentorship on how to use a unique data source that links quantitative data on national policies in 193 countries to harmonized household survey data from 90 low- and middle-income countries from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD).

This learning opportunity is available for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Fellows will be required to make a minimum time and publication commitment to their selected project and must have the written approval of their supervisor. Additional funding is available for those who require it.

Eligibility:

 Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public health, public policy, political science, international development, economics, sociology, education, or related discipline and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA.

 A strong background in causal inference and multilevel modeling is required.

 Excellent communication, writing, and research skills are required.

 Demonstrated interest and understanding of how to advance poverty reduction, health, education, and other SDGs

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following application materials to WORLD@ph.ucla.edu (include “Hilton Learning Opportunity” in subject line):

 Cover letter (elaborate why you are interested)

 CV

 Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

 Writing samples (max 5 pages)

 A letter of support from your current postdoctoral fellowship supervisor

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

The Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship

Overview: The Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship is a unique opportunity to receive advanced methods training for state of the art approaches to understanding what works to enhance equal opportunity and improve social conditions at a global scale. With mentorship from an exceptionally interdisciplinary group of experienced researchers from across the UCLA campus and around the world, Hilton Postdoctoral Fellows will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people.

Position Description:

 Access to mentorship from across the UCLA campus and around the world in how to examine what works to reduce poverty, improve health, increase education, and achieve other key goals included in the SDGs

 Specific training opportunities in advanced quantitative methods that focus on understanding causal links between national policies and programs and outcomes

 Mentorship on how to use a unique data source that links quantitative data on national policies in 193 countries to harmonized household survey data from 90 low- and middle-income countries from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD).

As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, the Hilton Postdoctoral Fellow will be working full time on their selected project, making use of WORLD policy data to look at implementation and impact with Dr. Jody Heymann, the Dean of Fielding School of Public Health, mentors in their field from across UCLA and globally, as well as with WORLD research staff.

This fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for 2 years starting 2017. Compensation for position will be in accordance with policies set by the UCLA Graduate Division.

Education/Experience:

 Applicants must have a Ph.D. in public health, public policy, political science, international development, economics, or related discipline.

 A strong background in causal inference and multilevel modeling is required.

 Excellent communication, writing, and research skills are required.

 Demonstrated interest and understanding of public policy, the SDGs or poverty alleviation.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit the following application materials to WORLD@ph.ucla.edu (include “Hilton Postdoctoral Fellowship” in subject line):

 Cover letter (elaborate why you are interested)

 CV

 Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

 Writing samples (max 5 pages)

 3 letters of reference

Applications must be received by 31 December, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered.

UCLA is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from all races and ethnicities, all sexual orientations and identities, as well as people with disabilities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

Postdoc Position

A postdoctoral position is available at the University of California, Los Angeles to study the molecular regulation of human corneal stem cells with an emphasis on translational application. Experimental approaches employed in our laboratory include molecular biology and cell engineering. The successful applicant will also work in a multidisciplinary setting with basic scientists and clinicians to investigate the optimal conditions to regenerate corneal stem cells. Qualified candidate should have a PhD and/or MD with a strong background in cell biology and molecular biology. We are seeking an independent and motivated individual with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both verbal and written). Please send CV and names of three references to Dr. Sophie Deng at deng@jsei.ucla.edu.