Durham, North Carolina

This Position is Fully Grant Funded

 

School of Medicine:

 

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE

Duke Human Vaccine Institute

Alam Lab

 

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) performs basic and translational research to fight against major infectious diseases. DHVI is seeking Postdoctoral Associates to join our team in developing vaccines for HIV and beta-coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2.  The Duke Human Vaccine Institute is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental institute dedicated to the study of host-pathogen interactions that can be translated into biologics and vaccines. DHVI is composed of a team of highly interactive investigators that have expertise in mucosal and systemic immunology, virology, molecular and structural biology, computational biology, and animal medicine. With these expertises, the DHVI is working collaboratoratively to develop vaccines and countermeasures against pathogens like HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and influenza.

We are seeking a highly motivated recent PhD graduate to join our team to work on the development and characterization of immunogens targeting a key broadly neutralizing epitope on HIV-1 Envelope. The work will involve studies on the immunogenicity of structure-based immunogen designs in novel knock-in mouse models, subsequently leading to studies in non-human primates. The goal of the project is to develop immunogens to be tested in human clinical trials for the induction of neutralizing antibody responses against a key HIV-1 vaccine target. The position will allow the Fellow to interact with and be mentored by leading investigators in the field and acquire advanced training and skills to pursue a future career in immunological research.    

Applicants should possess a PhD in Immunology or related biological sciences. In addition, the applicant should have an excellent working knowledge in cellular immunological and molecular biology techniques including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, PCR and vector cloning for receptor expression. Experience in cell culture and FCM phenotyping, PAGE and WB analysis, chromatography techniques and ELISA assays is preferred. Familiarity with antibody-antigen binding interaction analyses using SPR, or BLI platforms would be a plus. The applicant should have a record of accomplishment that has either been published or is in press in highly regarded, peer-reviewed international journals. Ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and have an excellent oral and written communication skills.

 

 

 

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Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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