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Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Direct Supervisor: Douglas S. Kwon, MD PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine
Email: dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: (857) 268-7009
Minimum degree and field of knowledge: PhD and/or MD with experience in immunology
Years experience required: At least 3 years of doctoral research experience

Summary:

The Kwon Laboratory (www.kwonlab.org) at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has an opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to study alterations in the microbiome that occur with HIV infection, following up on recent studies published by our group in Immunity, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, and Cell Host and Microbe (see further details here).  This includes examination of the role of the microbiome in the female genital tract and its impact on HIV acquisition risk. The person hired will work under the supervision of Dr. Kwon conducting patient-oriented translational research involving transcriptional and immunologic profiling of mucosal immune populations and the microbiome with the aim of generating new approaches to treat and prevent HIV infection using samples from well characterized cohorts in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Candidates will have ample opportunities to acquire and develop new skills, work closely with the PI and collaborators, and communicate results to the scientific community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications while working in a supportive, highly collaborative, and energetic environment.  State-of-the-art facilities are available within an exceptional research setting.

 

Job Duties:

Under the direction of the principal investigator, the applicant will independently carry out activities performing laboratory research. Duties include:

  • Guide research projects through experimental design, conduct of experiments, and analysis of data
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the experimental work
  • Present data within and outside of the laboratory group at meetings and symposia
  • Work closely within the group and with outside collaborators
  • Mentor students and technicians
  • Maintain close communications with the PI regarding progress
  • Write, edit, and submit manuscripts/abstracts detailing the results of the project
  • Demonstrate integrity, excellence, accountability and teamwork in all interactions

 

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. and/or M.D. with relevant experience in immunology, microbiome characterization and/or computational approaches preferred
  • Highly motivated and independent, with the ability to work in a dynamic team environment
  • Exceptional organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Must have good interpersonal skills
  • Occasional weekend or evening flexibility

 

Application information: The position is open immediately although the start date is flexible. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Dr. Doug Kwon at dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to reply individually to all inquiries.  All applicants, including those from abroad, must be able to come to Cambridge, MA USA for an in person interview.

 

 

 

Research Technician at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Direct Supervisor: Douglas S. Kwon, MD PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine
Email: dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: (857) 268-7009
Minimum degree and field of knowledge: BS/BA
Years experience required: 0-2 years of experience

 

Summary:

The Kwon Laboratory at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (www.kwonlab.org) has an opening for a highly motivated Research Technician to study the immunopathogenesis of HIV infection at mucosal tissue sites.  The person hired will work under the supervision of Dr. Kwon conducting patient-oriented translational research involving cutting-edge technologies. The position will involve handling and processing of tissue and blood samples and utilizing novel assays to study mucosal immune responses against HIV. The project includes transcriptional profiling of isolated cell populations, characterization of innate and adaptive responses, immunofluorescent microscopy, and cellular functional assays.

This is a great opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a career in scientific research or medicine while working in a supportive, highly collaborative, and energetic environment.  State-of-the-art facilities are available within an exceptionally energetic research setting.

 

Job Duties:

Under the direction of the principal investigator, the applicant independently carries out daily activities of the laboratory, including:

  • Maintain detailed documentation of the experimental work
  • Ensure quality control of equipment, reagents and cellular components
  • Work closely within the group and with outside collaborators
  • Perform and assist with experiments involving immunologic assays, microscopy, flow cytometry and molecular biology
  • Maintain close communications with PI regarding progress

Qualifications:

  • Highly motivated and independent, with the ability to work in a dynamic team environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Laboratory experience required, especially tissue culture
  • Flexibility to occasionally work evenings
  • Computer experience is essential
  • 2 year commitment

 

Application information: The position is open immediately. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Dr. Doug Kwon at dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu

 

 

 

Staff Assistant

Direct Supervisor: Douglas S. Kwon, MD PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine
Email: dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: (857) 268-7009
Minimum degree and field of knowledge: BS/BA
Years experience required: 0-2 years of experience

 

Summary:

The Ragon Institute is a part of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It is a results-oriented group of highly motivated scientists from the fields of immunology, virology, genetics, vaccinology, and technology development who are seeking to develop a vaccine against HIV. At every level, we value intelligence, teamwork, dedication and creativity, and we’re always looking for people with those skills who thrive in teams and dynamic environments.

Reporting to Dr. Kwon (www.kwonlab.org) and Dr. Shiv Pillai, the Staff Assistant provides a wide range of administrative support including: management of the principal investigators’  calendar, scheduling meetings, coordinating meeting logistics, researching and preparing materials, and serving as a key point of contact for both PI’s in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner.

 

Job Duties:

  • Provide overall administrative support for two senior faculty members, responsibilities include calendar management, scheduling meetings, and teleconferences, and arranging domestic/international travel
  • Perform assorted administrative tasks and miscellaneous errands as needed
  • Process expense reports, invoices, vendor check requests, and advanced authorization requests for special events
  • Organize and coordinate monthly seminar series, and research symposiums as needed
  • Assist with prospective applicant onboarding and new hire support
  • Work with regulatory staff to ensure compliance with research regulatory matters
  • Act as liaison between PI, lab personnel, and external partners and administrators
  • Manage department website

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent calendar and time management skills, and the ability to manage complex operations in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
  • Executive-level interpersonal skills needed to interact with all levels of management and staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and assignments
  • Experience with event planning and scheduling travel arrangements preferred
  • Professional demeanor, proactive, resourceful and efficient in all tasks
  • Flexibility, adaptability to work in a changing environment required; occasional evening and weekend work related to special events and meetings maybe required

 

Application information: The position is open immediately although the start date is flexible. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Dr. Doug Kwon at dkwon@mgh.harvard.edu. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to reply individually to all inquiries.