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Boehringer Ingelheim Post Doctoral, Bacterial Pathogenesis in AMES, Iowa

Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment which benefits our employees, patients and communities.


As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.

We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic, and creative Post-Doctoral Fellows to join Bacterial Disease Research department located in Ames, IA. These positions are part of the global Boehringer Ingelheim Post-Doctoral Program - As a Post-Doctoral Fellow, you will be a primary driver of research projects taking innovative approaches to solutions for infectious diseases in animal health. Identification of pathways that play a role in the host-pathogen interactions will support discovery and development of novel approaches to prevent bacterial and complex infectious diseases. Strong skills in molecular biology, molecular microbiology, cellular and molecular immunology are a plus, while multidisciplinary approaches will be a foundation for these projects. Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to independently conduct research and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

These individuals will report to the Sr. AD for Bacterial Pathogenesis. They will join an expanding team of experienced bacterial pathogenesis researchers in the bacterial diseases group. The Bacterial Pathogenesis team will provide strong mentorship and professional development of the postdocs and will ensure the postdocs are assigned to appropriate projects.

Projects will capitalize on the postdoc’s skill sets to advance mechanistic understanding of complex bacterial pathogenesis topics. This will result in innovative solutions advancing the bacterial diseases group’s portfolio. At least one project will focus on the development of a vaccine that provides cross-protection against multiple pathogens of swine, with initial mechanistic focus on E. coli . The individual will be responsible for designing and testing the safety and efficacy of various vaccine platforms. We are particularly seeking an individual with experience in E. coli pathogenesis and/or mucosal immunity. An individualized mentoring plan will be developed, and projects will be refined to maximize the benefit to the BI Bacterial Diseases Group’s portfolio.

Duties & Responsibilities :

• Take full responsibility for a research project, with guidance from experienced mentors with extensive background in academia and industry

• Provide input to create, organize, and execute research projects to elucidate mechanisms of Host Pathogen interactions, to translate mechanistic insights into novel therapeutic candidates

• Work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams

• Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present data at scientific conferences

• Comply with all applicable regulations, performing all work in a safe manner and maintaining proper records in accordance with SOP’s and policies

Desired Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

• Demonstrated creativity and initiative in driving cutting edge research

• Demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience in appropriate areas including Modern Immunology, Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular Microbiology, or Vaccinology is a plus.

• Good knowledge of scientific area of responsibility; ability to ask critical scientific questions, synthesize new hypotheses and critique devised hypotheses


• Ph.D., DVM, DVM-Ph.D. or equivalent in Immunology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Viral Pathogenesis, or similar field from an accredited institution, with a good publication record

• Ability to work independently and within teams, design and execute experimental strategy to advance projects

• Demonstrated creativity and novel approaches to solving scientific problems

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.

  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required)

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Who We Are:

At Boehringer Ingelheim we create value through innovation with one clear goal: to improve the lives of patients. We develop breakthrough therapies and innovative healthcare solutions in areas of unmet medical need for both humans and animals. As a family owned company we focus on long term performance. We are powered by 50.000 employees globally who nurture a diverse, collaborative and inclusive culture. Learning and development for all employees is key because your growth is our growth.

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Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment, which benefits our employees, patients and communities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to a person’s actual or perceived race, including natural hairstyles, hair texture and protective hairstyles; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; citizenship status, marital status; gender, gender identity or expression; sexual orientation, mental, physical or intellectual disability, veteran status; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law.

Organization: US-Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Title: Post Doctoral, Bacterial Pathogenesis

Location: Americas-US-IA-Ames

Requisition ID: 232264