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Postdoctoral Associate

Scripps Research
La Jolla, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022
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ABOUT US: Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences, and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments work hand-in-hand with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr to merge foundational studies in biology, chemistry and computer science with translational science to produce pioneering drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Together, we cultivate new scientific leaders and expand the frontiers of knowledge to deliver medical breakthroughs to better human health around the globe. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.


A Postdoctoral Associate position is available immediately at Scripps Research in the Zwick lab. The successful candidate will contribute to the design of HIV vaccine candidates based on the envelope glycoprotein trimeric spike, identification of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) from HIV-seropositive humans, and assessment of vaccine-induced bnAb responses in animal models. The candidate will be required to learn quickly and apply cutting-edge technologies to address critical problems in vaccine design. Candidate must be self-motivated, able to manage deadlines and solve problems. Excellent communication skills are essential. Candidate must work well independently and as part of a team. There will be opportunities to interact with experts in immunology, virology, bioinformatics, clinical researchers, and structural biologists. Additional training opportunities exist at Scripps in science writing and career development.

Make Scripps Research your next step to advance your research training. Click here to learn more about our Postdoctoral Program and Services:
-Design Env vaccines to drive HIV bnAb responses in animal models including human bnAb germline Ig knock-in mice and rabbits
-mRNA-LNP vaccine development
-Single cell and NGS analyses of HIV bnAb lineages elicited in humans and animals
-Antibody cloning and analysis by various immunoassays
-structure-function studies of antibody interactions with HIV Env
-contribute to manuscript writing

In addition to a job application, interested applicants should email Dr. Michael Zwick, , a brief description of your interest in the position, career goals, CV, and the names of three academic references.


Must possess a doctoral degree.  A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator.

This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment.  Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

 The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff.  

 EEO Statement:

The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.

 COVID-19 update: 

The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until restrictions change, interviews will be conducted virtually. 


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