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Postdoctoral Associate - CVM - Microbiology & Immunology, Leifer Lab

Cornell University

Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate - CVM - Microbiology & Immunology, Leifer Lab

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Position Description:

  • Qualifications:  PhD in immunology or related field. 
  • Ideal candidate would have additional expertise in bioinformatics, cell biology, molecular biology techniques, and laboratory animal handling experience.
  • Duties and Responsibilities: This individual will be in charge of designing and performing experiments in the area of innate immune signaling, macrophages, and disease models.  
    • Cell culture for primary human and mouse cells as well as cell lines
    • Basic assays such as ELISA, luciferase reporters, etc
    • RNA/PCR/sequencing
    • RNA sequencing and analysis
    • Molecular cloning/transfection/transduction
    • Flow cytometry
    • Immunoblotting/protein analysis/immunoprecipitation/co-IP
    • Animal handling/disease modeling
    • Supervision exercised: The candidate will assist with mentoring graduate students, summer research students, and undergraduate researchers as appropriate.
    • Supervision received: The candidate will work independently and collaborate with others in the lab. Weekly individual meetings, weekly group meetings, and biannual meetings with a mentoring committee.

A postdoctoral position is available in the Leifer Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University. The lab focuses on innate immune receptor signaling and regulation using a variety of techniques from signal pathway analysis in primary human and mouse macrophages and dendritic cells, and cell lines, to whole animal models of disease. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and their crosstalk with other signaling pathways is a current area of ongoing research.

We seek highly motivated candidates with experience in cell biology, signaling, innate immune receptors, flow cytometry, molecular biology, and lab animal handling experience. Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must and bioinformatics experience analyzing -omics data is a plus. This individual will work on currently funded projects as well as carve out their own project in TLR signaling regulation. There are also multiple opportunities to engage in ongoing collaborative projects.

Cornell University is located in Ithaca New York. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage.  Cornell is a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. The Leifer Lab is housed at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell where there are opportunities to perform both human and veterinary research. Find out more at our website

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter describing your research experience and career plans, as well as a CV and list of references to:

Cynthia Leifer, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Pay Range:

$54,840.00 - $75,000.00

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.

  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.

  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)

  • Unique applicable skills.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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