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.

Postdoctoral Position- Immunology/Microbiology

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Department of Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology.

The postdoctoral fellow will work in the lab of Theodoros Kelesidis, MD, PhD on projects funded by NIH, Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Department of Medicine at UCLA focused on HIV-1 infection, systemic inflammation and immune activation associated with HIV-1 infection.

Immune activation may contribute to end-organ disease in HIV infection but the mechanisms remain unclear. The project will focus on characterize possible mechanisms (such as inflammatory lipids) that mediate HIV-related inflammation and immune dysfunction.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Immunology from an accredited university. The ideal candidate will be a prolific writer with solid knowledge of:

a) Flow cytometry (required)

b) Tissue culture techniques (required)

c) Standard microbiology/molecular biology methods

d) Experience with animal work (required)

The candidate must be eligible to work in the US for at least 2 years.

For a complete position description and application details, please contact:

Theodoros Kelesidis, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

37-121 Center for Health Sciences, 10833 LeConte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: 310-825- 7225, Fax: 310-825- 3632

Email: tkelesidis@mednet.ucla.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bone Biology

Job Description

We are seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron James, within the Departments of Pathology and Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins University.  Close collaboration will be with the research group of Tom Clemens, Vice Chair for Research in Orthopaedics and past editor of JBMR.  Current research areas include: (1) defining the contribution of the peripheral nervous system in bone formation, pathology, and repair, and (2) the application of blood vessel wall resident MSC for bone tissue regeneration.

Interested candidates should send a CV, list of references, and contact information. The PI will be present at the Annual ASBMR meeting.

Job Requirements

Candidates with experience in the field of bone biology and repair are preferred.  Experience in the radiographic, histologic, and tissue culture based study of bone formation, along with cell & molecular biology, and mouse handling.

Contact:  Aaron W. James, MD, PhD awjames@jhmi.edu

Interested in working as a Freelance Consultant?

Does helping someone stuck with a complex problem excite you? Are you eager to put your expertise to good use? Join Kolabtree (www.kolabtree.com) – a platform that matches freelance PhD-qualified experts with projects that need their skill set.

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If you’re a Postdoc/PhD looking to explore an exciting freelance consulting opportunity, get started by signing up on Kolabtree as a freelancer: https://www.kolabtree.com/create-account-form?redirectUrl=/profile/&role=freelancing.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at Western University of Health Sciences (Dr. Pedro Diniz)

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available at Western University of Health Sciences to study canine tick-borne disease diagnostics using next-generation sequencing in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment. This position will be expected to conduct analytical and experimental research in the area of computational biology/bioinformatics, with emphasis in data analysis of next-generation sequencing.

The project is led by Dr. Pedro Diniz and Dr. Brian Oakley, funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Western University of Health Sciences has a dynamic research environment where scientists with both academic and industry experience work collaboratively. The university is located in Southern California, 45 minutes from Los Angeles, with stunning natural diversity (beach, mountains, deserts, etc.), a vibrant multicultural society and a large and successful regional bioscience industry. Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications and values:

 Demonstrated experience with the analysis of large-scale next-generation sequencing data.

 Proven familiarity with Linux computing environment and the statistical software R.

 Prior experience working in a high performance computing environment.

 Ability to work within time and budgetary constraints, solving scientific problems, and achieving team goals and milestones.

 Demonstrated capacity for effective oral and written communication of research results and their implications to a variety of audiences such as scientists and stakeholders.

 Demonstrate the following values: Excellence – be the best you can be; Imagination – challenge conventional thinking and pursue novel, ground- breaking ideas; Integrity – act fairly, ethically and respectfully; Courage – take initiative, be adventurous, creative and bold; Teamwork – collaborate openly and inclusively; Equity and Diversity – embrace equity, diversity and reconciliation.

Education: Ph.D. in bioinformatics, microbiology, microbial ecology, computational biology, infectious disease ecology, statistics or other related discipline.

Experience: a minimum of 2 years of experience in a related field and a record of relevant publications in high-impact journals.

Preferred qualifications:

 Prior experience in microbiome analysis, metagenomics, and/or whole genome sequencing is particularly desirable.

 Ability to code in Perl, Python and/or shell scripts.

 Knowledge of biological systems, with experience in immunology/medical microbiology/diagnostics is particularly desirable.

 Laboratory experience in molecular biology research methodology (Spectrophotometry, DNA/RNA isolation, real-time PCR, etc.).

 Motivation for independent scientific work and development of bioinformatic tools and pipelines.

For more information and details of how to apply enter the following URL in your web browser: https://goo.gl/52Ljil

Postdoctoral Scholar position available in UCLA’s Division of Digestive Diseases

The Padua lab has a keen interest in understanding gene regulation and signaling pathways in the context of complex biological phenomena. Our clinical interests are in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colon cancer diagnosis. One focus of the lab will be to study the role of novel RNA molecules called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in IBD as novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers. These molecules have recently been implicated in cellular processes such as cancer biology and immunology. However, a detailed of analysis of the function of these lncRNAs has not been performed in the context of IBD. Our previous work set out to profile the expression of lncRNAs in IBD samples and develop lncRNA signatures. The resulting studies are one of the first to show multiple differentially expressed lncRNAs that associate with the IBD phenotype and to evaluate their function. In addition, the lab will also focus on the TGF-beta signaling pathway and its role in fibrosis, an important phenomenon in IBD pathophysiology. By targeting these aspects of gene regulation and cell signaling, we hope to better understand the IBD disease process and improve on the therapies available to our patients.
We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to assist on the lncRNA project and to ultimately develop independent research projects. This project will require extensive use of molecular biology techniques, cell culture work, histology evaluation, and mouse work. The candidate will be expected to independently plan experiments, coordinate with collaborators, troubleshoot technical issues that arise during the course of the project, and analyze data.

Applicants should apply online at:  https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02413 

Candidate will need to create a username/password, answer a few questions & then they can apply.  Candidate should be prepared to upload their CV as a pdf file.

UCLA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff.