Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Scientist in Oral Immunology

EMPLOYER:  Laboratory of Dr. Juhi Bagaitkar, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) and The Ohio State University.

LOCATION:  Columbus, Ohio, USA

SALARY:  Based on NIH Post-doctoral stipend guidelines, benefits include family health insurance, matched retirement account


DISCIPLINE:  Immunology, host-pathogen interactions, oral mucosal immunology



  • Applicants must have an MD, Ph.D., or MD/PhD
  • Strong background in immunology and experience in advanced cellular and molecular immunology techniques, including multicolor flow cytometry and other relevant techniques.
  • Prior knowledge and practical experience in murine models of inflammation and infection and conditional knockout mice.
  • Candidates should be capable of designing and carrying out high-level, complex research experiments independently.
  • Applicants with a good track record of publication are desirable, along with effective communication skills and scientific writing skills.

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The Bagaitkar lab seeks highly motivated individuals to investigate how Nox2 NADPH oxidase regulates neutrophil responses in murine models of chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. Nox2-derived oxidants are essential in regulating the nature and magnitude of immune effector functions in various myeloid cells. The major focus of this project would be to mechanistically elucidate the role of Nox2 in lupus and chronic granulomatous disease taking advantage of various conditional knockout mice.  In addition to being an excellent research environment, NCH offers multiple career development opportunities. The Bagaitkar lab trainees are encouraged to pursue these opportunities, write grants, and develop their own projects toward independent careers. To apply, please submit curriculum vitae, a cover letter indicating areas of expertise and a detailed statement of research interests, including scientific accomplishments, and a list of 3 references.

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We can offer potential candidates: 

  • Up to 5 years of salary and project support
  • Substantial financial support to develop new ideas
  • Strong mentorship to support career development toward academia or industry jobs
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and core facilities
  • Affiliation with The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Collaborative initiatives with clinical faculty

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1892, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has evolved into one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Named as a Top 10 Honor Roll “Best Children’s Hospital” since 2013, Nationwide Children’s is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative care for infants, children, and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease.

In partnership with The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s trains, mentors, and advocates for the next generation of pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, pediatric specialists, and research scientists. Ohio State’s Department of Pediatrics is essentially housed at Nationwide Children's.

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  • The capital city of Ohio
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  • One of the fastest growing cities in the US and the fastest growing city in the Midwest
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    • Home to:
      • The top-rated science museum in the US, COSI (2020 and 2021) – USA Today
      • Columbus Zoo is consistently rated as one of the top 5 in the nation
      • Big-time sports:  Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball are consistently ranked near the top of the NCAA standings; NHL hockey, Columbus Blue Jackets; MLS Soccer, Columbus Crew
      • 19 Metro Parks encompassing 230 miles of trails and over 28,400 acres of land