The James Bryers Lab seeks to hire several postdoctoral scientists

A recently awarded NIAID grant to the multi-disciplinary team of J. Bryers (UW Bioengineering, mRNA vaccine delivery), D. Koelle (UW Infectious Diseases, Tcell Immunology), and J. Taylor (Fred Hutch Vaccine and Infectious Diseases, B cell activation dynamics) seeks to develop an injectable polymer delivery platform to deliver multi-cistronic self-replicating mRNA to immunize against Staphylococcus aureus infections.   Biofilm infections of tissue and medical prostheses by this pathogen cause severe morbidity and mortality; thus, preventative vaccination is a major unmet medical need. Our group has identified rational vaccine candidates and protocols to address B cell affinity issues. Thus, there are several openings for postdoctoral scientists.

One of these postdoctoral positions requires expertisé in the humoral and cellular immune responses elicited by vaccines, preferably nucleic acid based vectors.  Specifically, we are interested in quantifying the dynamics of immunized dendritic cells in T cell and B cell activation following vaccination. Candidates should have a strong background in the study of immune cell responses substantiated by a history of success with independent research and scholarly publications.  This is a full-time position with a 12-month service period, with the possibility for yearly renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding. The Bryers lab is part of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. The start date for this position is as soon as possible. Candidates in the fields of bioengineering, molecular genetics/biology, immunology, nucleic acid vector construction or related field are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with expertise in molecular and cell biology techniques, multi-parameter flow cytometry, tissue culture, and working with mice.

The base salary range for this position will be $5,459 to $5,834 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

Requirements

PhD (or other foreign equivalent) at the time of hire.

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified applicants should apply via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/111215 ) with a CV, cover letter describing your interest in the position and experience and supporting letters from a minimum of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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