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Postdoctoral Scientist

Seattle, Washington 98102
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A fully supported postdoctoral position is available in the Preclinical and Translational Research Group for studies to develop a novel vaccines for infectious diseases. Our current programs are focused on tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria and Varicella-zoster virus. We are seeking to initiate new programs to develop candidates for additional emerging and high-consequence diseases. The successful candidate will be engaged in development of vaccines for a variety of infectious diseases. Expertise in human immunology and cellular immunoassays, including multiparametric flow cytometry, is a must. A key aspect will include combining information from multiple levels such as genes, proteins and whole cells to gain a clear, multi-scale understanding of vaccine function and/or small animal models during infection and disease. They will also be responsible for characterizing immune responses following vaccination in challenge models. Excellent organizational and communication skills are required.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute research projects that advance the development of vaccine delivery platforms and generate effective vaccines for infectious diseases
  • Assessment of immunological endpoints in vaccine clinical trials including assay development and validation
  • Acquire and analyze data
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals
  • Presents research at group and internal/external scientific meetings
  • Participate in grant writing
  • Communicate with research management on a regular basis
  • Supervision of research assistant(s) and/or associate(s)




  • A PhD with related laboratory experience in Immunology, Pathobiology, Microbiology or similar field and a minimum of 3 years of related laboratory experience
  • A strong track record of publication
  • Experience and skills in clinical immunology and/or cellular biology assays
  • Experience working with small animal models of infectious diseases
  • Experience working under Biosafety Level 2 or 3 (BL2/BL3) conditions
  • Willingness and ability to work under BL3 conditions with appropriate training
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Must be self-motivated, organized and be able to work within a team


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise with one or more of the following areas: infectious disease vaccine development, T cell effector or memory functions, immune responses to bacterial and/or viral infections, development and production of nucleic acid based vaccine candidates
  • Prior experience with mouse procedures (e.g. isolation and processing of tissues for imaging and ex vivo culture, injections by different routes) is preferred
  • Experience and skills in cell culture and human T- and B-cell based functional assays (e.g., ELISPOT, CTL, ELISA, CBA, Luminex and flow cytometry)
    • Proficiency with appropriate usage of statistical methods for data analysis
    • Familiarity with data analysis and graphing software such as FlowJo, Prism, and/or Jump
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Ability to work with co-workers and outside agencies professionally and tactfully
    • Possess a work ethic that includes neatness, punctuality, and accuracy 


Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Posted: 2019-09-05 Expires: 2019-10-06

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