University of Michigan

United States

November 9, 2021


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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is available in the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences (MNIMBS) and the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center. We are seeking a full-time post-doctoral research fellow to study the immunological mechanisms of adjuvants in promoting protective vaccine responses towards viral and bacterial pathogens. The major goal of our research is to develop targeted adjuvants which elicit tailored responses to specific diseases including influenza and SARS-CoV-2 such that improved vaccines promoting broad, durable and potent immunity can be developed for use in young and elderly populations.Through better understanding the interactions between adjuvants with immune effectors we also apply this work in other disease systems including food allergy.We are seeking enthusiastic applicants that can independently conduct research as well as work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary team with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. The postdoctoral fellow will report directly to Drs. Pamela Wong and James Baker, Jr. The initial appointment is for two years with opportunity for extension.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


Candidates should have experience in cell culture and standard biochemical, molecular biology and immunological techniques such as flow cytometry, ELISA, RNA isolation, qPCR, organ and tissue harvesting and processing, and recombinant protein production and purification. Candidates with experience performing serological and T cell assays and virus produciton/isolation/neutralization assays are preferred. Candidates must possess significant experience working independently with murine models. The successful applicant will be expected to both develop independent research projects and work closely with other researchers collaboratively on current ongoing projects. In addition to experimental work, responsibilities also include data analysis/interpretation, preparation of research papers and publications, as well as involvement in grant writing, and mentoring/supervision of undergraduate students. Involvement in shared duties for lab maintenance will also be expected.

Required Qualifications
  • A recent Ph.D. degree in immunology, biochemistry, or related biomedical field.
  • In addition to the required qualifications listed in the job summary, candidates must possess a strong background in immunology.
  • Experience working independently with murine models
  • Strong publication record.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Background in vaccine development or virology.
  • Previous experience in virology and related techniques
  • Proficiency in designing flow cytometry panels and analyzing flow cytometry data
  • Experience assisting with grant preparation, and interest in applying for independent funding.
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    Application Deadline

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

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