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Post-Doctoral Associate

Post-Doctoral Associate
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A person in this position will have two primary objectives: the first is to purify proteins from peripheral human blood and characterization using mass spectrometry. The second goal is to develop an in vitro expression system to test how protein modifications impact cell activation. The goal of these studies is to determine how cells in the human immune system modify antibody-binding receptors and define how these modifications impact cell activation.
This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of this research is to characterize how a specific group of proteins, the Fc gamma receptors, are modified in the human body. Our laboratory has developed protocols to isolate proteins from primary human monocytes and natural killer cells that were isolated from apheresis and through negative selection. We have also determined that modification of the Fc gamma receptors affects antibody binding affinity in vitro. The goal of this position is to determine if receptor modifications impact cell activation.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position     
A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications:
A preferred candidate will have significant experience purifying proteins or experience using mammalian cells. An ideal candidate will have significant experience in both aspects of this position. Experience with mass spectrometry is also valuable, but not required.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies             
Be able to create, test and then teach complex written molecular biology or biochemical protocols. Have excellent sterile technique. Be proficient with primer design, various forms of PCR, DNA/RNA-purification, gel electrophoresis and sequencing. Must be able to transform, overexpress and purify proteins from a host organisms. Excellent record keeping and organizational skills. Must be able to prepare scientific manuscripts and oral presentations. Must be able to work as a team-member and team-lead.
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Thank you,
Adam W. Barb
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
B322 Davison Life Sciences Building
University of Georgia, Athens 30602