Postdoctoral Research Associate (Immunology)

Miami, Florida (US)
Based on experience and includes benefits: health insurance, paid time off, retirement plan
July 27 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Associate. The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for performing a wide variety of experiments in a research laboratory studying the innate immune regulator STING and its role in influencing inflammatory disease as well as cancer. Objectives will be to evaluate novel STING-dependent adjuvants for the immunotherapeutic treatment of cancer as well as in new vaccine concepts to prevent infectious diseases and cancer.


  • Candidates will support research activities at the University and work under the direction of a principal investigator, program director, or designee of the principal investigator or program director.


  • Candidates work under direct supervision, but are expected to carry out research duties with creativity and latitude.


  • Maintains an overview of relevant research findings.


  • Prepares reports of research results for public presentation through seminars and conferences.


  • Collects and analyzes data as requested.


  • Maintains appropriate databases. Ensures accurate written and computerized records.


  • Undertakes literature searches for the research project. Interprets and present the findings of the literature searches, advising the research teams appropriately regarding potential projects.


  • Maintains up to date with subject related and professional issues, in particular, developments in the specific subject area.


  • Ensures all research is undertaken according to good research practice and guidance.


  • Expected to contribute to extramural proposals, publications, and presentations relevant to the specific area of research.


  • Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology


  • Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.


  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.


  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.




Preferred Qualifications


  • Strong experience with cell culture, and Molecular Biology techniques such as DNA and RNA purification, cloning, qPCR, Western Blot, immuno-precipitation, post-translational regulation, cell signaling.


  • Strong experience in T-cells assays (CTL), ELISA, cancer models and immunotherapy. Immunohistochemistry knowledge and Flow Cytometry. 


  • Experience with Recombinant Viral Vaccines and neutralizing Antibody Assays.


  • Ability to perform in vivo experiments using murine models: breeding of Mouse strains, bleeding and vaccine injections technique proficiency.


  • Previous experience with animal experiments: syngeneic Mouse Models development. Strong knowledge of immunology and cell biology.


  • Ability to convey information effectively, to work independently, and to follow verbal and written instructions.


  • Strong analytical skills.


  • Possess advanced knowledge and be capable of exercising considerable latitude for independent judgement, perform non-routine and complex laboratory duties requiring advanced technical skills and proficiency for divisional faculty.


The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.


UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.


Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.


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