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University of Pittsburgh
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Center for Vaccine Research

The Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) of the University of Pittsburgh invites outstanding scientists to apply for up to four tenure-track faculty positions at Assistant and Associate Professor levels.  This interdepartmental center seeks to recruit faculty working on BSL-2, BSL-3 pathogens and/or select agents who are focusing on understanding the pathogenesis of infectious diseases with a view to translating this knowledge to the early stage development of creative interventions against clinically-relevant human and animal pathogens.   Applicants with research interests in rational attenuation, predictive vaccinology, the novel delivery of biopharmaceuticals or who use platform-based approaches to mitigate emerging infectious diseases would be ideally aligned with the mission of CVR.  

The University of Pittsburgh is currently ranked number three nationally for NIH funding.  The center encompasses approximately 20,000 square feet of space, including the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, and offers comprehensive accommodations for BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-3+ work. Biocontainment facilities include ten dedicated laboratories permitting in vitro work on select agents; an aerobiology core for computerized quantitative aerosol exposure in animal models; four fully equipped ABSL-3 facilities for in vivo infection and challenge studies; a necropsy suite and state-of-the-art multimodal whole animal imaging capabilities.

Applicants must hold a PhD (with or without DVM, MD) and postdoctoral research experience.  Successful candidates are expected to have, or to establish independent, nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research programs and contribute to teaching in graduate and/or professional curricula. 

Salary, rank, and academic appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.   Competitive start-up, compensation and benefits packages are available.

Learn more about the work in the CVR by visiting our website:  www.cvr.pitt.edu.

Applicants should submit i) a cover letter ii) a statement of research accomplishments and plans iii) a curriculum vitae and iv) the names and contact information for at least three professional references to the CVR Search Committee c/o W. Paul Duprex, PhD, Director Center for Vaccine Research via CVRInfo@pitt.edu (subject line: CVR Faculty Search). 

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Staff – Senior Research Technician
Center for Vaccine Research (22001288)

This position will serve as a Senior Research Veterinary Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research (CVR), Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). The incumbent will be responsible for performing manipulations and procedures on laboratory animals (rodents and monkeys) in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, inoculations, serum/blood collection, necropsy, tissue harvesting, temperature monitoring, daily weight and illness scoring, and imaging scans; operating and maintaining sensitive laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies. The successful candidate will be required to perform specialized techniques on animals, including, but not limited to plethysmography, aerosol exposure, radiotelemetry, and assist with surgical procedures. Incumbent may be required to assist with routine laboratory procedures, as necessary. This position may require medical surveillance and vaccinations with licensed vaccines. This position will require successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation. 

Degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent relevant experience is preferred. Experience with handling and manipulating animals in a laboratory setting (including monkeys), and a functional/working knowledge of animal husbandry and medicine, is essential and advanced experience 6+ may be substituted for degree requirement.

Please follow the link below to apply for this position.

https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22001288&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Research Project Coordinator
Center for Vaccine Research (22001646)

This position will serve as a Research Project Coordinator for several laboratories at the Center for Vaccine Research. The incumbent will be responsible for the supporting research efforts involving management of molecular and cellular biology and animal research in Biosafety Level (BSL/ABSL) 2 and 3 environments. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, coordinating invoicing and report preparation; facilitating communication between multiple laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and participating external institutions; serving as a liaison with government agencies as specified by external sponsors; preparation and management of standard operating procedures, study documentation and data lifecycle material; assisting with preparation of pre-submission study budgets, grant submissions and tracking of expenditures and spend plans as specified by external sponsors.; managing animal ordering systems, inventories and experimental schedules; managing laboratory quality systems; completing compliance protocols and testing protocol development. Incumbent will be required to have effective communication skills and the ability to work independently and as a fully productive, cooperative team member. Strict adherence to BSl2/BSL3 procedures is essential. The incumbent is expected to train other professional research personnel in laboratory management and operations; assess equipment availability and capability; and coordinate documentation of laboratory results. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. This position will require successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation.

Please follow the link below to apply for this position:

https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22001646&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. 

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Associate
Center for Vaccine Research

A postdoctoral position is available immediately to study the disease caused by RNA viruses including avian influenza and encephalitic alphaviruses as well as evaluate potential vaccines and therapeutics. The candidate should have a PhD degree and be familiar with basic techniques in immunology, virology, and molecular biology. Research experience in RNA virology, quantitative PCR, animal infection by viral pathogens and/or analysis of humoral and cellular responses to infectious diseases is highly desirable. Individuals with experience working in BSL-3 containment are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and will be required to obtain Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by federal regulation. Interested individuals should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, e-mail, and telephone number for three references to Douglas Reed, Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh, 9043 BST3, 3501 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Tel: 412-648-9290; Email: dsreed@pitt.edu; websites: https://www.cvr.pitt.edu/people/doug-reed-phd and https://www.aerobiology-at-pitt.com/ .

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.
The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Staff Research IV
Center for Vaccine Research (22003240)

  This position will serve as a Senior Research Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting independent methods and procedures for research involving virology, molecular biology, histology, and imaging, as well as small laboratory animals in the Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, designing and conducting independent studies; analyzing, preparing and presenting data; performing histological and multi-parameter fluorescent imaging of tissues; advanced biochemical and molecular biology techniques; maintaining tissue culture lines and generating primary cell cultures; independently initiating and troubleshooting research protocols; handling and manipulating small laboratory animals for inoculation, organ retrieval, RNA isolation and other necessary procedures and treatments; supervising and training other professional research personnel in specialized techniques; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies. This position requires successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation. 

Please follow the link below to apply for this position:
https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22003240&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Staff Research IV
Center for Vaccine Research (22004377)

This position will serve as a Project Coordinator/Research Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research. The incumbent will be responsible for the supporting research efforts involving laboratory internal quality systems and conducting independent methods and procedures for research involving molecular and cellular biology, in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, serving as a liaison with industry partner representatives, managing laboratory quality system elements (QSE) test protocol development, preparation and management of standard operating procedures, study documentation and data lifecycle management for research quality systems. The incumbent is expected to design and conduct independent studies; analyze , prepare and present data; perform advanced and complex biochemical and molecular biology techniques; maintain tissue culture lines and generate primary cell cultures; independently initiate and troubleshoot research protocols; supervise and train other professional research personnel in specialized techniques; operate and maintain laboratory equipment; evaluate and assess equipment availability and capability; maintain thorough documentation of laboratory results. This position requires successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation and may require a yellow fever vaccination. 


Please follow the link below to apply for this position:
https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22004377&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Postdoctoral Associate
Center for Vaccine Research

A postdoctoral position is available immediately to study the interactions between the encephalitic alphaviruses and their hosts, focusing on processes of viral neuroinvasion, CNS spread and persistent replication, and the relationships of these factors to disease development after infection with eastern and Venezuelan equine encephalitis viruses.  Techniques such as 3D ribbon scanning confocal microscopy, in vivo imaging, PET/CT and CNS cell flow cytometry will be used with mouse, ferret and NHP models.  The candidate should have a PhD degree and be familiar with basic techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and immunology. Research experience in RNA virology, animal infection by viral pathogens and/or analysis of pathology associated with viral diseases is highly desirable. Individuals with experience working in BSL-3 containment are particularly encouraged to apply. This position is eligible for an $7,500 RBL Premium Payment.  Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States and will be required to obtain Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by federal regulation. Interested individuals should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, e-mail, and telephone number for three references to William B. Klimstra, Center for Vaccine Research, University of Pittsburgh, 9047 BST3, 3501 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Tel: 412-648-5962; Email: klimstra@pitt.edu; website: https://cvr.pitt.edu/people/william-klimstra-phd.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA


University of Pittsburgh
Research Scientist
Center for Vaccine Research (22002482)

This position will serve as a Research Scientist for the Center for Vaccine Research. The incumbent will provide research support related to the study of the interaction of alphaviruses such as Venezuelan and eastern equine encephalitis, Chikungunya and Sindbis viruses with vertebrate host innate immune system; as well as manipulations and procedures on small animals and nonhuman primates in a biosafety level 2 and 3 (BLS2/BSL3) environment. Routine procedures include but are not limited to performing advanced biochemical and molecular virology techniques such as cell infection, virus titration, RNA harvesting, flow cytometry, cell sorting, preparation of samples for next generation sequencing and quantitative RT-PCR, purification of proteins and CRISPR mutagenesis, maintaining a diverse array of primary and established tissue culture lines. Serve as a consultant to members of the laboratory and to collaborators in conducting scientific research related to the interaction of alphaviruses. Collaborate on the conceptual design of projects; determine details of experimental process and data analysis methodology of laboratory projects. Design, develop and test experimental protocols for alphaviruses related research. Function as an active collaborator, as requested by the laboratory principal investigator. Participate in writing of research grants, papers, and manuscripts. Teach other laboratory members new skills based on specialized expertise. Interact with laboratory members and collaborators in supervising and explaining new procedures and concepts. Engage in problem solving discussions involving the incumbent’s specialized expertise. This position requires successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulations as well as a Suitability Assessment for work with Tier I pathogens.

Please follow the link below to apply for this position:

https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22002482&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity.  EOE, including disability/vets.

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA


University of Pittsburgh
Staff Research Technician
Center for Vaccine Research (22006843)

This position will serve as a Research Technician for the Center for Vaccine Research in a Biosafety Level 2 and 3 environments with work in the Regional Biocontainment Facility (RBL). The incumbent is responsible for maintaining a clean and sterile lab environment; design and implementation of experiments; analysis of data and keeping detailed records of all procedures; maintenance of laboratory supplies. The incumbent will maintain laboratory stocks of Luria Broth, antibiotic-resistant plates, buffers, water baths, incubators, biological wastes and inventory stocks and other common reagents and supplies. The incumbent will be required to work with small laboratory animals and be proficient in animal handling techniques and protocols. The incumbent will be required to have good communication skills and the ability to work independently and as a fully productive, cooperative team member. The incumbent will be required to generate primary cell cultures and maintain cell culture lines and perform molecular biology procedures. Techniques include, but are not limited to, methods in recombinant DNA cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, protein purification and detection, tissue culture (maintaining routine cell lines, infectivity assays, neutralization assays) and small animal handling. Supervision of rotating students and undergraduate personnel will be required. This position requires successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulations and may require a yellow fever vaccination. Extensive experience may be substituted in lieu of degree requirement.

Please follow the link below to apply for this position:

https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22006843&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. 

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA

 

University of Pittsburgh
Staff Senior Veterinary Technician
Center for Vaccine Research (22006465)

This position will serve as a Senior Research Veterinary Technician at the Center for Vaccine Research. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting independent methods and procedures.  Work will include experiments performed in Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 and 3 environments with routine work in the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL). Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, performing manipulations and procedures on small animals and nonhuman primates (inoculations, serum/blood collection, necropsy, tissue harvesting, temperature monitoring, daily weight & illness scoring, imaging scans, plethysmography, pathogen exposure, and radiotelemetry);  designing and conducting independent studies; analyzing, preparing and presenting data; independently initiating and troubleshooting research protocols; supervising and training other professional research personnel in specialized techniques; operating and maintaining laboratory equipment; maintaining thorough documentation of laboratory results and ordering and maintaining laboratory supplies. Due to the nature of the experiments, evening and weekend work may be required.  This may require medical surveillance and vaccinations with licensed vaccines.  This position requires successful completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.  The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

Please follow the link below to apply for this position:

https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=22006465&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. 

The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.

University of Pittsburgh • Center for Vaccine Research • 9014 Biomedical Science Tower • 3501 Fifth Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15261 • USA