Baker Institute for Animal Health


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Baker Institute seeking Postdoctoral Associate to study innate immune responses during helminth infection

The Tait Wojno laboratory at the Baker Institute for Animal Health and Department of Microbiology and Immunology is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to work on the regulation of innate immune responses during helminth infection. Funded work in the Tait Wojno laboratory centers around the regulation of basophil, innate lymphoid cell, and epithelial cell responses in murine models of intestinal parasite infection and type 2 inflammation. We are seeking an individual with experience in assessing immune responses in murine models of inflammation or human disease. Experience in innate immune cell biology, epithelial cell biology, and/or helminth infection is preferred but not required. Experience in genome-wide approaches to assess transcriptional regulation (either wet lab or computationally) is strongly preferred. The successful applicant will work independently and with other members of the laboratory to make rapid progress in funded projects, take a key role in mentoring junior trainees, and be expected to contribute to the manuscript writing process. Work in the Tait Wojno laboratory aims to inform our understanding of innate immune responses during mucosal inflammation and to make impactful contributions in animal and health research. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute enthusiastically to this mission. The Baker Institute is part of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, a dynamic and collegial institution engaged in top-tier biomedical research. Cornell is located in Ithaca, NY, a diverse and vibrant community in the Finger Lakes that offers amazing culture, food, and outdoor activities. Cornell and the Ithaca area offer the successful applicant access to outstanding scientific training in a welcoming community atmosphere.


Applicants must have a PhD in a related field, with demonstrated proficiency in cellular and molecular immunology OR demonstrated proficiency in genetics and computation with an interest in developing a strong skill set in immunology in the wet lab. Applicants should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants lacking these specific skill sets will not be considered.

To submit an application, please send a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to Dr. Elia Tait Wojno. Applicants with experience in genetics and/or computation are asked to include a brief statement of purpose in their cover letter related to their interest in immunology. This is a 1 year appointment, subject to renewal for 1 year appointments up to 4 years total based on performance and available funding. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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