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Post Doctoral Fellow - Emory Vaccine Center
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
Date Posted 03/11/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Job Description:

Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.


Additional Job Details:

The departmetn is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our team as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Wrammert’s laboratory, at the Emory Vaccine Center, and the Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease. The laboratory is focused on translational studies aimed at understanding the generation and maintenance of humoral immunity. We study several human pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, Dengue, Zika and Influenza virus, as well as bacterial pathogens like Vibrio Cholerae.

This position will lead studies of B cell immunity against SARS-CoV-2 and/or influenza, in the context of infection or vaccination. Reporting to the PI, this position will coordinate and carry out activities including, but not limited to:
• Lead development and conduct of molecular and immune assays to assess antigen-specific B cell responses
• Methods include single cell antibody expression cloning, molecular biology and biochemical assays (protein gels, western blots, affinity measurements and ELISAs), BCR repertoire analysis, high-dimension multiparameter flow cytometry, FACS sorting, isolation and culturing of antigen-specific primary B cells
• Supervise, mentor, and train research technicians to conduct assays
• Coordinate analysis of data to inform clinical trial decisions and for scientific publications
• Establish new technologies
• Prepare and/or review experimental procedures, assay plans, reports and other related documents
• Interface with collaborating researchers
• Contribute to grant applications, progress reports and manuscripts
• Present data at meetings and conferences
• Other duties and projects as assigned


The successful candidate will receive training in a broad array of cellular and molecular techniques, such as single cell expression cloning, 10x analyses, various protein expression and purification approaches, ex vivo B cell assays, flow cytometry and single cell sorting. Prior experience with any of these approaches are a major plus.


Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D or M.D. in Immunology (or related field).
• Experience with molecular biology/biochemistry is required.
• Multiparameter flow cytometry and/or B cell immunology experience is preferred.
• Knowledge of clinical trials and/or GCLP/GLP experience a plus.
• Proficiency in relevant computer programs is preferred, for example FlowJo and/or other flow analysis program, Prism, Illustrator , Excel, and R.
• Excellent communication (oral and written) and problem-solving skills are required.
• Motivation and adaptability are essential, as is a keen interest in the vaccine or infectious disease fields.
• Willingness to work with biohazardous materials.


doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

To ensure the safety of our campus community, the COVID-19 vaccine is required. For more information on the University and Hospital policies and potential exemptions, please see our website.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.

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