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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
A NIH-funded postdoctoral research position with full benefits.
Closing date
Mar 20, 2022

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Postdoctoral Position Available

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Jiang Zhu's laboratory for highly motivated candidates who are interested in vaccine development for diverse viral pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, HIV-1, RSV, HCV, Ebola/Marburg, Flu, ZIKV, and MERS-CoV. Salary is in the range of $62,000 to $70,000 depending on prior research experience and qualifications. Dr. Zhu holds a joint appointment in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology (ISCB) and in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research in La Jolla, CA (

Dr. Zhu's laboratory combines structure-based antigen design, protein nanoparticle engineering, animal immunization, single-cell technologies, and immunological analyses to develop and evaluate next-generation vaccines. Currently, two vaccine candidates for SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 are under clinical development and expected to start phase-1 human trials in 2022. Details of Dr. Zhu's laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be found at Dr. Zhu is also the scientific founder and interim Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Uvax Bio LLC (, a vaccine biotechnology company that aims to address global health challenges with innovative vaccine solutions.

Research projects may involve but are not limited to (1) structural biology: crystallographic analysis of antibody/antigen complexes and electron microscopic analysis of nanoparticles; (2) virology: infections and diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2, HIV-1, RSV, HCV, Flu, and Ebola; (3) immunology: vaccine-induced immunity in animal models and humans.

Successful candidates will have a recent Ph.D. in biophysics, structural biology, virology, microbiology, immunology, or other related fields. Candidates with prior research experience in SARS-CoV-2, HIV-1, RSV, HCV, Flu, ZIKV, and Ebola are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send the following materials in an application packet, preferably 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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