Postdoctoral Associate

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Oct 18, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoc Aso

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Ferraro lab in the Microbiology and Cell Science department is seeking a highly knowledgeable individual to join our team in a pivotal role focused on understanding the research and function of extracellular vesicles in host-pathogen interactions. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to a groundbreaking project titled "The function of host-derived extracellular vesicles in trafficking bacterial antigens to stimulate the antibacterial immune response," which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Research the role of extracellular vesicles in immunity.
Design and execute experiments to study the trafficking of bacterial antigens via hostderived extracellular vesicles.
Analyze and characterize extracellular vesicles using advanced techniques.
Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team and contribute to scientific publications.
Stay updated with the latest advancements in the field.
Document procedures, results, and findings accurately.

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Competitive salary ($47,476- 63,852), comprehensive benefits, and growth opportunities available. Join our team of scientists and contribute to cutting-edge research in extracellular vesicles and host-pathogen interactions.

Expected Salary:

$47,476- 63,852

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, or related fields.
Expertise in extracellular vesicles, host-pathogen interactions, or immunology.
Experience with cellular and molecular assays.
Experience in murine models.
Strong publication record in related research.
Independent, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills.
Excellent communication skills.

Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No