University of California Davis (UC Davis)
A postdoctoral scholar position is available immediately at the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) located on the UC Davis campus. This position will develop immune-based and mass spectrometry tests for the detection of different botulinum toxin types in various matrices. Mass spectrometry development will be done at the CAHFS’ Davis, CA location while immunoassay development will be done in collaboration with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) at its Albany, CA location. Initial work will focus on mass spectrometry test development in Davis, CA.
The learning objectives include: application of MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry to peptide analysis and peptide assay development, preparation of biotinylated antibodies, use of conjugated magnetic beads for protein capture and activity assay development, diagnostic assay development, mouse monoclonal antibody development, development of ELISA, lateral flow assays and other antibody based detection methods, determine antibody binding affinity to target antigens, and development of cell culture assays for toxin internalization.
There will be the requirement to travel between Davis and Albany at various times for project completion.
The initial appointment is for one year with a possibility of being renewed based on performance and availability of support. Salary is based on experience and qualifications according to UCD guidelines and includes a Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan.