The Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) is seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to support vaccine design and identification of therapeutic targets for respiratory viral infections. This position is within the Department of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to the USU.
The Laboratory of Infectious Diseases and Host Defense, headed by Dr. Allison Malloy, is focused on defining age-dependent mucosal immune development in response to respiratory viral infection in order to improve vaccine design. This work seeks to design more precise vaccine approaches against respiratory syncytial virus, influenza viruses, and SARS-CoV-2 by evaluating host determinants of susceptibility and protection. Through innovative flow cytometric techniques and technology, as well as transcriptomic analysis in murine models and human systems, we seek to discover the mechanisms used by antigen presenting cells to influence adaptive immunity and T cell subset differentiation with in the respiratory mucosal system. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to explore the evolution of age-dependent interactions between the mucosal immune system and pathogens. The successful candidate will have expertise in dendritic cell engagement of T cells and host-microbe interactions. Experience in immunology, virology, molecular biology, transcriptomics, and data analysis is preferred. The successful applicant will also have excellent oral and written communication skills and collaborative abilities, as we work with collaborators at NIH, which is across the street, the FDA, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the Naval Military Research Center. A PhD or MD/PhD is required.
Note, A personnel security background investigation is required. US Citizenship is not required.
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