Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: HIV-1 Vaccine Development

Seattle, Washington State
Based on experience
July 12 2019
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: HIV-1 Vaccine Development


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

The McGuire Lab is seeking outstanding postdoctoral fellows to work on a project involving the validating and testing of novel vaccine candidates to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1.


The successful candidate will design and execute prime-boost immunization regimens in a humanized murine model which will serve as a surrogate for human vaccine trials. The candidate will perform endpoint analyses including antigen-specific B cell sorting and serum antibody binding and neutralization assays to gain a high-resolution understanding of the immune response to immunization. To complement this analysis the candidate will perform single B cell sorting of human PBMC samples ascertain the identity of antigen-reactive naïve B cells. 



  • PhD in immunology, microbiology, cell biology, or a related field
  • Experience with conducting in vivo studies in murine models, preferably immune analysis
  • Strong molecular biology background
  • Willing to work flexible hours as needed
  • Must be independent, show initiative, willingness to take up new skills and responsibilities, and be a team player
  • Excellent attention, as well as good communication and organizational skills are essential to success in this position
  • Must be self-motivated, able to multitask and to work within a very collaborative environment


  • Expertise in B cell immunology is highly desirable


Please submit a cover letter with your application discussing your interest in the role and future career goals.

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