Postdoctoral Position in Microbiology and Immunology

Baltimore-Washington Metro Area
Commensurate with experience + benefits
January 02 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Pedra Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study the molecular interactions between the immune system of the tick Ixodes scapularis, the microbiome and the human pathogens Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis).  


The Pedra Laboratory integrates the disciplines of microbiology, immunology and entomology to examine tick-borne diseases, which are the most prevalent vector-borne illnesses in the United States and Europe. We employ tools available in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, structural and systems biology to understand fundamental interactions between the arthropod vector, the pathogen and the mammalian host.



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We are especially interested in individuals trained in microbial ecology and/or cell biology willing to cross-over fields of research. The goal is to: (1) ask fundamental questions in arthropod immunity; and (2) develop new technologies for the study of pathogen-microbiome-tick interactions. Creative trainees with out-of-the-box thinking and/or prior experience in genome editing (CRISPR-Cas9), microbial isotope labeling, quantitative meta-omics and single cell analysis are especially encouraged to apply. No prior experience in tick biology is necessary.


The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area is well-placed geographically, famous for its rich history, elegant cities and beautiful natural scenery. The Baltimore-Washington Metro Region is an especially attractive workplace for young professionals, due to its moderate cost of living, nice blend between urban/suburban living, and a booming life science/technology industry. The Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area is also at the heart of government, education and commerce.


To apply: Please submit a CV (3 pages or less), a letter summarizing research interests, experience and goals (1 page or less), and the names and phone numbers/e-mail of three references to: Dr. Joao Pedra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, E-mail: (

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