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Requisition # 3072

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
College:Carver College of Medicine


Salary:$48,432.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

About the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is a national leader in pediatric medicine.  The Department's mission is to provide outstanding care to the children of Iowa and beyond by being a leader in state-of-the-art clinical care to children, performing cutting-edge research to find new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses, and educating the next generation of pediatric health care providers.  The Department comprises the medical and research staff of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.  UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric care and research institutions, and Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.

About the Division of Rheumatology

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to Iowa’s only pediatric rheumatologists—doctors with the training, expertise, and experience to treat children and young adults with rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases refer to a wide range of disorders that, in general, affect the joints, muscles, spine, and skin. These diseases may present with pain, swelling, morning stiffness, fever, or rash. Pediatric rheumatic diseases result from uncontrolled inflammation, during which the body’s immune system attacks or hurts its own healthy cells and tissues. Our doctors, nurses, and medical staff understand that pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic, complex disorders that can severely affect a child’s growth, development, and quality of life. Early and proper diagnosis is key to treating symptoms and managing the disease.


The candidate will assist with research efforts on understanding the immunologic and genetic basis of autoinflammatory disorders including those that affect the bone.  The primary duty will be to perform functional studies to validate novel mutations identified in genetic models of autoinflammation. 

The candidate will be responsible for designing, performing, and analyzing experiments related to inflammatory pathogenesis.  The successful applicant will perform research activities based upon protocols developed by other research staff or principal investigator of the research project and develop new protocols as needed for the project. Collect and track data, perform data entry for reports and maintain records of methods used. Prepare materials for abstracts/reports/grant applications & manuscripts and write drafts of manuscripts and participate in the preparation of manuscripts.  The associate will also be expected to present seminars and posters at regional and national scientific meetings


  • Design and conduct research to elucidate the critical molecular and structural components of the immune system that lead to autoinflammatory disease.

  • Conduct molecular biological research to perform functional studies to validate candidate genes in pathogenesis of immunologic disease.

  • Conduct in vitro and in vivo assays.

  • Analyze immunologic function of human and small animal models of disease.

  • Generate, manage, evaluate, and maintain data in a highly organized manner.

  • Author manuscripts, grants and prepare scientific presentations including the writing of initial drafts of manuscripts and the preparation of figures for publication

  • Analyze literature to develop hypothesis for discussion with other researchers or principal investigator.

  • Read and understand protocols.

  • Develop new protocols in collaboration with the principal investigator

  • Troubleshoot and analyze protocols; propose modifications to other researchers or principal investigator.

  • Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare for experimental protocols.

Education Requirement:

  • Ph.D is required, in the biological sciences

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong background in cellular/molecular biology research and excellent references from their Ph.D research.

  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple parallel laboratory activities, and communicate the prioritization of these activities to stakeholders is essential.

  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment where results are achieved through influence and the incorporation of multiple points of view.

  • Ability to execute and follow-through to completion and documentation.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated strong record of conducting cellular, genetic or molecular biology of innate immune function

  • Experience in osteoclast biology/osteoimmunology

  • Experience with gene expression analysis including RNAseq

  • Experience with genome editing using techniques such as CRISPR is highly desirable.

  • Prior experience conducting research breeding, genotyping, phenotyping and analyzing immunologic abnormalities in inbred and mutant strains of mice is highly desirable.

  • Prior experience conducting small animal research

  • Independently motivated, detail oriented and good problem solving ability.

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Letters of Interest

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Contact Information

Contact:Lindsey Lovik
General Hospital
220 Hawkins Drive
SW 164-10 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242

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