Durham, North Carolina

This Position is Fully Grant Funded

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Postdoctoral Associate Position

(Acharya Lab, Division of Structural Biology)


The Acharya Lab in the Division of Structural Biology at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Associate. DHVI is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental institute dedicated to the study of basic and translational science required to understand host-pathogen interactions that can be translated to vaccines against human diseases. We are a team of highly interactive investigators that have expertise in immunology, molecular biology, virology, microbiology, structural biology, computational biology, and vaccine science.


The Acharya Lab applies structural biology to study viral glycoproteins, their interactions with host receptors and role in viral entry. Working at the interface of basic and translational research, we collaborate with multiple labs in DHVI and beyond to apply insights from structural biology to vaccine design. We have state-of-the-art facilities that include tissue culture and protein purification infrastructure, robots for X-ray crystallography, Biacore T200 and Octet Red 384 for measurement of intermolecular interactions, and a Leica EM GP2 for cryo-EM grid preparation. We have regular access to the 22-ID beamline at the Argonne Photon Source for X-ray data collection, and to a Titan Krios microscope at Duke University for cryo-EM.


This position will involve projects that will use high-resolution cryo-EM and X-ray crystallography to determine structures of viral surface proteins in complex with host receptors and antibodies. Combining structural findings with biophysical and biochemical analyses, and complementing these with collaborations with virology and immunology labs, we will explore the mechanism of viral entry and translate the knowledge gained for vaccine and therapeutics design.


At DHVI our postdoctoral associates work in concert with Duke faculty and staff in an invigorating research training environment. One of our primary scientific missions is to support and train early stage investigators to be the next generation of scientific leaders equipped to identify and implement solutions for improving human health worldwide. DHVI functions as a vaccine development biotechnology enterprise, embedded within a top university. As a trainee within our mentoring program, you will interact with highly innovative and collaborative investigators and will have the opportunity to master state of the art technologies. We are committed to providing an outstanding training environment and research experiences that will enhance your career and provide you an avenue to incorporate your education, expertise, initiative and dedication to the success of the studies we will undertake. This is an opportunity to become part of a winning team that is working to discover novel ways to prevent infectious diseases.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. degree, with a strong background in biochemistry and structural biology. Experience in protein expression, purification, and either X-ray crystallography or cryo-EM is required. The candidate will be creative, motivated, and able to work independently, as well as part of a team.



Please contact priyamvada.acharya@duke.edu for more information.


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Durham, North Carolina

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