Postdoctoral Research Associate
Multiple Postdoctoral Positions Available
Up to four postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Jiang Zhu’s laboratory for highly motivated candidates who are interested in vaccine development for HIV-1, HCV, Ebola, Zika, Dengue, Flu, RSV, MERS-CoV, Lassa, and other important viral pathogens. Candidates with prior experience in malaria and tuberculosis vaccine development are also encouraged to apply. Dr. Zhu holds a joint appointment in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology (IMM) at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA (https://www.scripps.edu/). Details of Dr. Zhu’s laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be found from https://www.jzhulab.org/.
Potential projects may involve (1) immunological analysis of vaccine-induced response in small animals and non-human primates, (2) antibody isolation using antigen-specific sorting, functional screening of cultured B cells, and antibody library display, (3) protein- and mRNA-lipid formulation development and testing for vaccine applications, (4) structure-based vaccine design with epitope scaffolding, antigen stabilization, and nanoparticle display, and (5) structural characterization of antigen-antibody complexes by X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy (EM).
Successful candidates will have a recent Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology, vaccinology, and structural biology. Prior research experience in mRNA/lipid formulation, structural biology, and animal study will be a plus. Candidates at both junior and senior levels are welcome to apply.
Interested candidates should send an application packet, including all of the following as a single PDF file by email to Dr. Jiang Zhu (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Cover letter indicating current and future research interests;
- Expected starting date;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages);
- Names and contact information for 3 references.