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Postdoctoral Fellow (DI-Von Herrath)

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – PATHOGENESIS OF TYPE 1 DIABETES:
La Jolla Institute for Immunology, an independent, non-profit research organization is currently seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Matthias von Herrath.

Research Area:
In our laboratory, we closely collaborate with the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD), which provides valuable tissues from healthy and diabetic donors, to answer basic questions regarding the pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) with the ultimate goal of preventing, reversing and curing the disease. At LJI, we have a state of the art microscopy core that allows us to examine T cells reactive against beta cell antigens, or autoreactive T cells, from T1D donor tissues such as pancreas, spleen and lymph nodes. Our research is aimed towards understanding how the distribution and activation status of the autoreactive T cells in the pancreas and other tissues may affect the pathogenesis of T1D, along with defining the role of individual cytokines in this process. In addition, our lab has recently begun to examine the role of ER stress in the development of the disease. For more information please refer to some of our recent publications:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28325643
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28325643
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28137793
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27506584
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26696640

Position Overview:
As a postdoctoral fellow in our lab, you will collaborate with the team members of the lab, core facilities, nPOD and other researchers around the world who share similar research interests and goals. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to efficiently plan and optimize experiments using various techniques, including immunofluorescence, histology, and microscopy to answer key questions in T1D pathogenesis and present quantitated data at scientific meetings. In addition, the candidate would be expected to write and apply for grants after their first year in the lab.

Qualifications:
Applicants (Ph.D., MD or MD/Ph.D.) must have a strong background in immunology. Previous experience in histology and microscopy along with some background in T1D research is an added plus. Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are highly desired.

How to Apply:
Interested individuals MUST include their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names of three references. Please enclose all documents within a single file attachment. To apply, click here.

About LJI
In 2016, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. The Institute hosts 24 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from 21 different countries. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.

Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, and contributions to a retirement plan (403B).

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