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Post-Doctoral Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123752
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE:
Unit: SVPAAP-Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
Hiring Range Minimum:
Hiring Range Maximum:
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to join a laboratory studying humoral immune responses to selected pathogens. The overall goal is to understand the mechanisms of how antibodies can neutralize the function of the target antigen and how the target pathogen can escape from immune containment.

The Post-Doctoral Associate will be involved in B cell isolation and activation, isolation of RNA from activated cells, construction of yeast surface display scFv and Fab libraries, isolation of antigen-specific scFvs and Fabs, next generation sequencing analyses of B cell evolution, expression and purification of scFv and Fab fragments, conversion and expression of IgG in mammalian expression systems, and surface display based directed evolution of proteins. Duties include:
• Design research approaches for a major portion of research project(s), including background research, experimental design and execution, problem-solving, and writing up for publication.
• Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches.
• Perform complex experiments, and maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes; analyze and interpret research data resulting from original procedures and methods.
• Prepare periodic progress reports or written reports on all phases of the research project.
• Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication. Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
• Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new research and procedures; propose new research directions based on new advances discussed in literature.
• Formally supervise and train new staff or students as needed, including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is a premier research institute focused on basic and applied sciences in the field of biotechnology that provides solutions to major scientific problems important to society. IBBR operates state-of-the-art facilities located in the heart of the biotechnology corridor in Rockville, Maryland. The Institute is a joint research enterprise between the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has an outstanding group of scientists and engineers with long-standing track records in basic and translational research. IBBR is committed to providing an exceptional environment for specialized training and to mentoring tomorrow’s biotechnology workforce.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in biological sciences.


• Skilled with FACS and MACS.
• Ability to carry on screening and molecular cloning in a semi-high throughput manner.
• Familiarity with structural biology.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 03/06/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/20/2018
Physical Demands
Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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