OFFER DEADLINE30/06/2020 11:00 - Europe/Brussels
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
DEPARTMENTInfectious diseases and Immunity
LABORATORYPEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY, SYSTEMIC AND NEUROLOGICAL INFECTIONS & HOST IMMUNE RESPONSE
Our group aims to generate knowledge directly related to the identification of early risk biomarkers and occurrence of viral diseases and will be translatable to pediatric patients with special attention to particularly vulnerable groups such as infants, children with risk factors and immunocompromised children, for generating effective prevention in these cases. We form a multidisciplinary group with pediatricians of different levels of care, covering the outpatient, the hospitalized child, the neonate and the risk patient, working together with top-level virologists (National Center for Microbiology), immunologists and other research groups.
We are looking for proactive postdoctoral biologists, computer scientists or bioinformaticians who are in position to develop a research project that helps us with new tools and perspectives, taking advantage of our data pools derived from metagenomics and molecular biology results, particularly:
- methods for detecting and characterizing viral metagenomics. Coronaviruses are now one of our priorities;
- relations between relative frequencies of high-throughput sequenced viruses with the severity of the respiratory infections in children (inpatients and outpatients);
- evaluation of risk conditions in viral infections (newborn, chronic lung diseases, immunodefiencies, oncologic patients…) by combination of different data and new technologies, such as echography;
- interleukins profiling in infants with respiratory viral infections and its correlation with the development of recurrent wheezing in the first years of life;
- detection and characterization of enterovirus (EV) and parechovirus (PeV) sero/genotypes that cause severe diseases in children (acute flaccid paralysis, meningitis, encephalitis, respiratory illnesses, myocarditis or sepsis);
- biological characterisation of the mechanisms of the pathogenic variability of those EV and PeV viruses;
- neurological development in children with EV and PeV infections.
We offer and stimulating research environment devoted to streamline basic results into clinical impacts.
Documents to be sent before 29/05/2020:
- Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
- Letter of motivation (1 page maximum)
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