Now seeking Graduate students and postdoctoral Scholars!
Current graduate students: Please email Pam 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), Microbiology, or Biomedical and Biological Sciences (BBS).
Please email a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references to Pam. 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 3) 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 and immunological 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 Pam. 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.
Office AddressPamela Chang, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Microbiology and ImmunologyC4-185 VMC930 Campus RoadIthaca, NY 14853Email: pamela.chang at cornell.eduPhone: (607) 253-4079
Shipping AddressPamela Chang LabDepartment of Microbiology and ImmunologyC4-176 VMC930 Campus RoadIthaca, NY 14853Phone: (607) 253-4033
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