A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory ofEric Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. at the Emerging Pathogens Institute,University of Florida. The overall goal of our laboratory is todevelop better methods to improve the care, diagnosis andmanagement of patients during large-scale diarrheal diseaseoutbreaks. Our model system is cholera and our primarycollaborative field sites are in Bangladesh and Haiti. In thefield, our research focuses on identifying and characterizing keyselective pressures that drive disease severity and transmission.At the University of Florida, we test hypotheses derived from thefield studies in animal models of infection and transmission.The current available project lies at the physiologic interfacebetween host and pathogen. Specifically, the first phase ofresearch involves characterizing the microbiota of human diarrhealdisease samples and identifying antimicrobial factors important topathogenesis and transmission (e.g. antibiotics by LC/MS andbacteriophage). Samples will be characterized for markers of smallbowel overgrowth, environmental enteropathy, and innate/ acquiredimmunity dysfunction. Descriptive findings will then be evaluatedfor causation in animal models using genetic manipulations ofpathogens of interest (e.g. Vibrio cholerae). The secondphase will involve two clinical studies. The first is to study theimpact of single-dose antibiotics on the microbiota inside andoutside the gastrointestinal tract during cholera infection. Thesecond study involves assessing a novel point of care diagnosticfor V. cholerae. The clinical studies will requireintermittent field research.The position is available as soon as possible. The position is atleast one year and extension is contingent on satisfactoryperformance. Although this is a funded position, the candidate isencouraged to apply for additional funding.Laboratory information is available at: https://nelson.research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/resources/ Ph.D. and at least 3 first-author publications in an indexedjournal are required. A molecular microbiology skill-set AND aninterest in global health are required. Experience with nextgeneration sequencing, bioinformatics (R), immunology, genedeletion/ complementation in bacteria, animal models of infection,project management and field research are desired.Email inquiries using the subject “Post Doc” to Dr. Eric Nelson ([email protected] ) arewelcome; however, applications must be submitted online.Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2019 and willcontinue until a sufficient applicant pool has beenestablished.Applications should include a cover letter/letter of interestincluding a statement of your research accomplishments andinterests, curriculum vitae, and list of three references.Selected candidate will be required to provide three letters ofrecommendation and an official transcript to the hiring departmentupon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if adesignation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned froman education institution outside of the United States are requiredto be evaluated by a professional credentialing service providerapproval by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services(NACES), which can be found at http://naces.org/ .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.