Post-Doctoral Associate - The Hormel Institute (Bioengineering/Gene Therapy/Vaccine Development)
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 56,484.00 - 68,604.00
Internal Number: 354956
Aslanidi lab research is focused on bioengineering and application of Adeno-Associated virus (AAV) vectors for purpose of gene therapy and vaccine development. The research addresses several important drawbacks in AAV-based gene therapy such as vector efficiency, pre-existing and therapy-activated immunogenicity, scaled up vector production, assessment of efficacy in the large pre-clinical animal models, such as dogs, pigs, NHP. The goal of our research to ensure an advancement of gene therapy treatment for patients with genetic diseases and cancers.
Conduct research in a self-sufficient and self-motivated manner;
Conduct experiments on novel viral vectors design, development and validation;
Development of novel protocol to improved viral vectors production;
Conduct experiment on immune responses toward viral capsid and encoded transgene;
Work with primary cells, blood from small and large animals, as well as humans;
Carry out animal experiments, necropsy and tissue processing;
Collect and analyze data to support the research claims;
Write reports, manuscript and give scientific presentations;
Comply with IBC, IACUC and IRB policies, maintain a safe and healthy laboratory environment.
Focus of Job Responsibilities
70% – Ongoing Research
Design and implementation of hypothesis-driven research projects.
15% – Analysis & Review
Analysis and review of generated data and reviewing previously reported scientific literature.
15% – Scientific writing and presentation
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and The Hormel Institute endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote. Because we are a land-grant institution that serves the state, the University will continue to- in most cases- expect employees to live in Minnesota.
This position has been designated as OVPR Flexible Work Profile One. Flexible Work Profile One is expected to work primarily on-site. Your office will be located at The Hormel Institute in Austin, MN. The Hormel Institute management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.
Ph.D., DVM, MD or equivalent
Candidates with experience in gene therapy and viral vectors, particularly Adeno-associated virus vectors;
Candidates with the robust expertise in molecular biology and bioprocessing;
Candidates interested in pre-clinical and translational research;
Candidates demonstrated evidence of relevant training and peer-reviewed publications.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.