Postdoc position: T cell immunotherapy development to functionally cure HIV
An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Skinner’s research group at the University of Minnesota. The Skinner lab is focused on gaining insights into HIV/SIV and prion disease pathogenesis, identifying CTL correlates of successful vaccines, and the development of novel therapies to treat HIV and prion diseases. HIV and SIV replication is concentrated within B cell follicles in lymphoid tissues. Our data suggests that B cell follicles are somewhat immune privileged sites in which low levels of virus-specific CD8 T cells to permit ongoing viral replication in B cell follicles. We are now developing methods to target virus-specific CD8 T cells to follicles to functionally cure HIV. We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the development of this novel cellular immunotherapy to treat HIV. This position provides outstanding opportunities for continued scientific development, and for contributing to highly impactful pioneering translational research.
The University of Minnesota is a state-of-the-art biomedical research enterprise. It is one of a handful of universities with colleges of agriculture, medicine, and technology on the same campus, and thrives on bringing together talented faculty from different fields to make fundamental discoveries in the biological and physical sciences, create new technologies, and find new treatments for disease. Science Watch ranked the University of Minnesota as one of the top 10 "Highest Impact U.S. Universities," and it ranks 6th in terms of revenue generation from university-based technologies. The University of Minnesota is one of the leaders in the country in terms of application of imaging technologies to understanding viral immunopathogenesis. A core group of researchers including Dr. Pamela Skinner, Dr. Ashley Haase, Dr. Tim Schacker, Dr. Peter Southern, Dr. Alon Herschhorn, Dr. Geoff Hart, Dr. Vaiva Vezys, Dr. Ryan Langlois, and Dr. David Masopust, meet regularly to review ongoing research in their laboratories. The close association of Dr. Skinner’s group with other leaders in the fields of virology and immunology at the University of Minnesota is a major strength of this research environment.
- Ph.D.,MD/PhD, or DVM or MD with a strong research background in pathobiology, immunology, biomedical sciences or a related field.
- Preferred to have
- Expertise with molecular biology, cell biology, immunohistochemistry, and/or flow cytometry
- Experience working with HIV, SIV, or other infectious agents
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- High impact first author publications
Contact: Interested applicants should send a CV and three references to