Posting Date: Jan 17, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Project: Recrudescence of malaria during pregnancy: effects and mechanisms
Summary: It is estimated that approximately 125 million women in endemic plasmodium countries get pregnant every year and, therefore, face an increased risk of acquiring malaria followed by its complications. Frequently is observed a recrudescence of the infection during pregnancy, suggesting a complex pathogenic mechanism linked to an imbalance of the immune response responsible for infection control. Despite the great advances made in the understanding of immunological aspects of the disease and its relation to pregnancy, the mechanisms involved in protection, especially those needed to maintain a balance between the beneficial and harmful immune response there still remain unclear. Recent evidence suggests the importance of dendritic cells in regulating the immune response during infection of pregnant. This form, this project has the final objective the understanding the role of these cells in the resurgence of malaria in pregnancy.
Highly motivated individuals with track record of productivity in immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or parasitology are encouraged to apply. Candidates should hold a PhD degree in the field of immunology and/or parasitology.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: The applicant must apply for a FAPESP scholarship. FAPESP post-doctoral fellowships consist of monthly allowances of R$7,373.10 and an additional grant equivalent to 15% of the monthly allowances to cover costs related to the research project. The fellowship is granted for two years, with the possibility of extension for two additional years. More information about FAPESP post-doctoral fellowships can be found at http://www.fapesp.br/en/postdoc.
Applicants must send a CV, motivation letter, and two recommendation letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. The estimated date to start in the new position is 01/07/2020.