The Center for Immunobiology at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine and its Director, Thomas L. Rothstein MD, PhD, invite applications for faculty positions at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. The Center's current focus is on the development and function of B cells in health and disease, and encompasses both human and mouse systems. Candidates sought include those with broad based research experience and expertise in cellular immunology, molecular biology, stem cell development, and/or intracellular signaling. Appointments will be in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, within which the Center is located.
The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an innovative and independent research program supported by extramural funding. Desirable qualifications include the potential for productive research interactions with faculty colleagues within the Center and the Department and experience teaching medical and/or graduate students. The position offers a generous start-up package with competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits in a progressive environment.
Preference will be given to applicants with a recognized record of accomplishment as evidenced by scholarly publications in the field of immunology and demonstrated ability or strong potential to obtain extramural funding to support their work. Qualified applicants must have a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree, and postdoctoral research training. Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience.
The Center for Immunobiology is new division within the medical school. The center is endowed with the very latest instrumentation to speed research discovery. Common equipment includes BD Influx and Melody cell sorters, BD LSR2, Fortessa and Thermo Fisher Attune flow cytometers, a Nikon confocal microscope, a QuantStudio 3D digital PCR system, a QuantStudio 3 RealTime PCR cycler, a Bio-Rad FPLC system, a Bio-Rad gel doc system, a CTL multi-spectral ELISPOT reader, a BioTek visible/fluorescence/bioluminescence microplate reader, a BioTek microplate washer, 2 speedvacs, several bacterial incubator shakers, and ultra-, superspeed, and cytospin centrifuges, among other items. Three separate, fully equipped common rooms are outfitted for BL2, radioisotope, and tissue culture work. Additional separate rooms house core equipment, freezers, and an X-ray developer. The Center floor includes a cold room, a conference room, and a break room. The animal facility is located on the same floor and contains a PXi X-RAD 320 irradiator and a BL2 room for in vivo work with infectious agents. Support for the Center includes a flow cytometer/cell sorter/imaging core manager, an equipment specialist, and a business and operations manager.
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment in which to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University, which ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the US, with Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. To house the medical school, the 350,000 square foot primary educational building on the W.E. Upjohn MD Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project. An additional $10 million renovation created space devoted to laboratory research. The medical school operates its own clinics, housed in a separate 60,000 square foot clinical building on the nearby Oakland Drive Campus. In 2016 the Innovation Center, a biotech incubator on the Parkview Campus, became part of the medical school. WMed is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. The medical school was granted preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2012, and welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014. WMed is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for continuing medical education.
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