Research Postdoctoral Fellow- Genomic Medicine- Dr. Nik Sgourakis' Lab

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Location: LOC_COLKET-Colket Translational Research 

Req ID: 151431

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

An NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellow position is available in Dr. Nik Sgourakis ‘s lab at the Center for Computational and Genomic Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The major focus of the laboratory is to investigate the molecular mechanisms of MHC-I antigen processing and presentation, including non-classical MHC molecules, toward clinical translation through the development of targeted therapeutics.

Multiple projects are available: (1) Mechanism-based understanding of peptide exchange on MHC-I through structural biology studies of protein complexes with molecular chaperones, their co-factors and other processing enzymes; (2) exploring the role of chaperones for ligand loading on non-classical MHC molecules; (3) developing and applying high-throughput pMHC tetramer library approaches to characterize polyclonal T cell repertoires involved in infectious diseases, autoimmunity, and cancer; (4) investigating the dynamic properties of pleiotropic cytokines, with the aim to design conformation-selective protein therapeutics.

 Please email CV and Cover Letter to sgourakisn@chop.edu

Job Summary

Recent relevant publications:

  1. Interleukin-2 druggability is modulated by global conformational transitions controlled by a helical capping switch. PNAS. 2020
  2. Molecular determinants of chaperone interactions on MHC-I for folding and antigen repertoire selection. PNAS. 2019
  3. High throughput pMHC-I tetramer library production using chaperone-mediated peptide exchange. Nature Communications. 2020
  4. Peptide exchange on MHC-I by TAPBPR is driven by a negative allostery release cycle. Nature Chemical Biology. 2018

Applications should hold a Ph.D. in Molecular Immunology, Structural Biology, Biophysics, or a related discipline. Students who just received or are expected to receive their degree are encouraged to apply. Experience in either protein crystallography, solution-based NMR spectroscopy, biochemistry, protein engineering, or computational biology/bioinformatics is desired. The position is available for immediate hire, with competitive salary & benefits package.  Applicants should send a Cover letter, CV including research interests, bibliography and contact information for three references to Nik Sgourakis: Nikolaos.sgourakis@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Job Responsibilities

  1. Conduct independent scholarly research and develop new methods and protocols
  2. Participate in project planning, recording and evaluation of data
  3. Acquire technical, lab management and grant writing skills
  4. Participate in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and presentation at national meetings
  5. Supervise junior lab members
  6. Assist with other research projects

Required Education and Experience

  • A terminal degree PhD, MD, DVM, etc.
  • According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing

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