Postdoctoral Research Associate

La Jolla, California
A NIH-funded postdoctoral research position with full benefits.
August 29 2018
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Full Time
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Multiple Postdoctoral Positions Available

Up to four NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Jiang Zhu’s laboratory for highly motivated candidates who are interested in developing vaccines for HIV-1, HCV, MERS-CoV and other important viral pathogens such as Ebola, Lassa, Flu, RSV, and Zika. Dr. Zhu holds a joint appointment in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology (DiscoBio) and the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA ( Details of Dr. Zhu’s laboratory and on-going research projects can be found from

Potential projects may involve (1) protein/lipid and mRNA/lipid formulation development and testing for vaccine applications, (2) structural characterization of viral glycoproteins, neutralizing antibodies, and their complexes by X-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy, (3) vaccine evaluation in wild-type (WT) mice or humanized mice, rabbits, and non-human primates (NHPs) and immunological analysis of vaccine protection, (4) single-cell-based isolation of neutralizing antibodies from infected human samples and immunized animal samples using antigen-specific sorting and functional screening, and (5) structure-based rational vaccine design by means of epitope scaffolding, antigen stabilization, and nanoparticle display.

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 (

  1. Cover letter indicating current and future research interests;
  2. Expected starting date;
  3. Curriculum vitae;
  4. Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages);
  5. Names and contact information for 3 references.

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