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Now seeking students and postdoctoral fellows!

Current Cornell graduate students:  Please email Pamela Chang if you are interested in joining the lab.

Prospective graduate students: Please apply through one of the Cornell graduate programs: Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB), Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB), Biomedical and Biological Sciences (BBS), or Microbiology.

Postdoctoral candidates: Please email a cover letter, C.V., and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Chang. There are currently positions in Chemical Biology and Microbiology/Immunology. See description of positions below:

The Chang Lab conducts research at the interface of microbiology, immunology, and chemical biology. Located in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, NY, our research is focused on understanding chemical communication between the gut microbiome and the host immune system.  Using both chemical and biological approaches, we develop novel chemical tools to understand 1) the metabolism of the gut microbiome and 2) important pathways within the host immune system by controlling the activities of specific immune cell types. We also seek to understand the roles of microbially-produced metabolites on the host immune system.

Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical Biology

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with an outstanding record of independent research in chemical biology to carry out interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of chemical biology, microbiology, and immunology. Projects may include organic synthesis of novel chemical probes, application of these probes to biological systems, and biological study of host-microbe interactions.

Required qualifications:
Individual must either have a Ph.D. or be completing a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Biology with strong knowledge base and extensive experience in organic synthesis, chemical biology, or a related field.

Responsibilities:
Design and carry out multistep organic syntheses of chemical probes, apply these probes in biological systems, and pursue hypothesis-driven studies of host-microbe interactions. Techniques may include but are not limited to: organic synthesis, i.e., setting up reactions, purifying compounds, NMR/MS characterization; biochemical and cell-based assays; and in vivo studies.

Postdoctoral Associate in Microbiology or Immunology

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral associate with an outstanding record of independent research in microbiology or immunology. Projects may include biological study of host-microbe interactions and inflammatory diseases that are regulated by microbial metabolites.

Required qualifications:
Individual must either have a Ph.D. or be completing a Ph.D. in Microbiology or Immunology with strong knowledge base and extensive experience in microbiology, immunology, or a related field.

Responsibilities:
Pursue hypothesis-driven studies of host-microbe interactions. Techniques may include but are not limited to: anaerobic bacterial culture, BSL2 level pathogen infection models, mammalian tissue culture, mouse disease models, molecular and cell biological techniques.

For either position:

A cover letter describing your research interests, career goals, research skills and experience, CV (including a list of publications), and the names of three professional references should be emailed to Dr. Pamela Chang (pamela.chang@cornell.edu). Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until filled. As per Cornell’s standard policy, this is a one-year appointment, subject to renewal based on performance and available funding.

Contact information

Pamela Chang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
C4-185 VMC
930 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: pamela.chang at cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 253-4079

Chang Lab
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
C4-176 VMC
930 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 253-4033