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Postdoc position available in the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok

Postdoctoral position in host-pathogen cell biology based in Bangkok,Thailand

The group of Dr. Salje is looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious cell biologist to join their team. They have a fully funded postdoctoral position available for 3 years, to lead an exciting new project on the host-pathogen biology of the neglected human pathogen Orientia tsutsugamushi.

Project summary: Orientia tsutsugamushi is an important but neglected bacterial pathogen that is endemic in large parts of Asia and that causes the human disease scrub typhus. This bacterium is in the Rickettsiaceae family, a fascinating group of obligate intracellular bacteria that are thought to be related to the precursors of modern mitochondria. Many details about the intracellular life cycle of this pathogen remain obscure, and this project will use a combination of high- throughout systems biology, cell biology and biochemistry approaches to study early stages of bacteria attachment and entry into eukaryotic host cells.

Qualification: Applicants should have a strong background in cell biology and molecular biology. Experience in infection biology would be an advantage but is not essential. Candidates should have an outstanding track record from their undergraduate and PhD studies, and this should be reflected in their publication record.

Institution information: This project will be primarily based in the group of Dr. Salje at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), but will be a close collaboration with the groups of Dr. Sampattavanich and Dr.Jirawatnotai at the Siriraj Laboratory for Systems Pharmacology. Facilities include a modern and well-equipped BSL3 laboratory (MORU) and brand new high-throughput screening facilities (Siriraj). The research will be performed in Bangkok, Thailand, but it is expected that there will be opportunities for travel and collaborations at the University of Oxford, UK and Harvard Medical School, USA in addition to attendance at international conferences.

How to apply: Please send your CV, letter of intent and the names and addresses of three references to


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