Postdoctoral Fellow - Christine McDonald Lab

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

Job posting number: #7087717 (Ref:16802186880)

Posted: October 25, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Highly motivated individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD in relevant area are encouraged to apply. This training position, under the direct supervision of a Cleveland Clinic Principal Investigator will provide practical training and experience in a research setting. This position is appointed through the Lerner Research Institute. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to research, a collaborative work ethic and strong communication skills, both written and verbal. This program is expected to be completed within 5 years.

We are looking for an individual interested in understanding mechanisms of host defense against bacterial infection and the consequences of dysfunctional defenses in the context of skin and intestinal disease. Research questions will be addressed in a variety of experimental systems ranging from primary cell culture, analysis of patient samples, to pre-clinical models of disease. An ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and an attention to detail, as well as enjoy working as part of a team.

Principal Investigator: Christine McDonald, PhD

Lerner Research Institute Department: Inflammation & Immunity

Lab Research Topics:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Independent project design with the goal of data generation, analysis, interpretation and manuscript preparation
  • Lead independent research project
  • Collaborate with team members & other research teams
  • Write manuscripts & fellowships
  • Present results effectively orally


  • PhD or MD/PhD required
  • MD with relevant laboratory experience may substitute for PhD


  • English Proficiency proof required for candidates arriving on J-1, J-2, or F1 + OPT visa status

Work Experience:

  • Previous experience in a research or academic setting.  Graduate student experience meets this requirement.
  • Scientific writing experience

Additional Preferred Qualities:

  • Expertise in primary cell culture
  • Proficient in molecular biology assays
  • Familiarity with infection models desired
  • Experience with preclinical animal models desired
  • Attention to detail

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • PPE per institutional requirements; may vary by laboratory

Preferred Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Statement of research interests

Keywords: Postdoc, Research, LRI, Infection, Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Wound Healing, Sepsis, NOD2, Pattern Recognition Receptors, Macrophage, Epithelium, Skin, Intestine, Translational Research

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