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Immunology and Microbiology


Principal Investigator Kristian G. Andersen
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: La Jolla, CA
Email application materials to: jobs@andersen-lab.com
URL: https://andersen-lab.com/
Research Description:

Postdoc position in Computational Biology

The Scripps Research Institute is currently seeking a computational Postdoc for the Andersen Lab working in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists, biologists, clinicians, and computational scientists to apply computational tools to advance the state of the art in quantitative infectious disease research. We are looking for a dedicated individual who will help us transform medicine with a direct impact on global health.

The Andersen lab is working on diverse projects using computational genomics approaches and high-throughput experiments to study emerging viruses and the outbreaks the cause, including Lassa, Ebola, West Nile, and Zika. We use an integrated approach of fieldwork in West Africa, technology development, and computational biology to investigate these viruses.

We are looking for a computational postdoc to lead new projects developing and using data mining, machine learning and Bayesian phylodynamic approaches to investigate the spread and evolution of emerging viruses, including Lassa and Ebola. This position is part of a larger initiative with the recently established Center for Viral Systems Biology (https://cvisb.org/).

Tasks will include:
• Develop novel data mining strategies and deploy computational tools for the exploration of large biological data sets.
• Perform independent research exploring the utility and applications of next-generation sequencing in a global health setting.
• Develop and implement statistical models; work with wet-lab researchers to translate these models into testable experiments; analyze the data produced from these experiments.
• For interested candidates, fieldwork in Sierra Leone is also a possibility.

Research Associates are appointed positions for the purpose of developing scholarly competence, working under the supervision of a TSRI Faculty member. These appointments are normally not renewed beyond a total of six years. Research Associates cannot apply for external funding either as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator without prior approval from a Departmental Chair. Research Associates do not have consulting privileges

Interested candidates should submit their CV with links to code repositories(Github/Bitbucket) or online demos and cover letter to jobs@andersen-lab.com. Please have at least three referees email their references directly to references@andersen-lab.com.

Position Requirements: Requirements include:
• Ph.D. in computational biology, computer science, mathematics, physics, or equivalent.
• Programming skills in two or more languages (C++/Java/Python/R/MATLAB).
• Experience with data mining and machine learning is highly desired.
• Data visualization in Python/R/d3js is a plus.
• Experience with HPC preferred.
• Deep knowledge of Bayesian statistics, in particular Bayesian phylogenetics is a big plus.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and mentor junior scientists and students.

This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Kristian G. Andersen
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: La Jolla, CA
Email application materials to: jobs@andersen-lab.com
URL: https://andersen-lab.com/
Research Description:

Postdoc position in Systems Biology

The Scripps Research Institute is currently seeking an experimental Postdoc for the Andersen Lab working in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists, biologists, clinicians, and computational scientists to apply experimental and computational tools to advance the state of the art in quantitative infectious disease research. We are looking for a dedicated individual who will help us transform medicine with a direct impact on global health.

The Andersen lab is working on diverse projects using computational genomics approaches and high-throughput experiments to study emerging viruses and the outbreaks the cause, including Lassa, Ebola, West Nile, and Zika. We use an integrated approach of fieldwork in West Africa, technology development, and computational biology to investigate these viruses.

We are looking for a (primarily) experimental postdoc to lead new exciting systems biology projects focused on identifying host and virus genetic factors determining outcomes from Lassa and Ebola virus infections. This position is part of a larger initiate with the recently established Center for Viral Systems Biology (https://cvisb.org/).

Tasks will include:
• Develop new technologies to better sequence and analyze viruses from different sample types.
• Perform independent experimental research exploring pathogen causality in human patients.
• Conceive and implement assays and work with computational biologists to translate these models into testable experiments; analyze the data produced from these experiments.
• Oversee and coordinate sample collections from patients in Sierra Leone. For interested candidates, fieldwork in Sierra Leone is also a possibility.

Research Associates are appointed positions for the purpose of developing scholarly competence, working under the supervision of a TSRI Faculty member. These appointments are normally not renewed beyond a total of six years. Research Associates cannot apply for external funding either as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator without prior approval from a Departmental Chair. Research Associates do not have consulting privileges.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and cover letter to jobs@andersen-lab.com. Please have at least three referees email their references directly to references@andersen-lab.com.

Position Requirements: Requirements include:
• Ph.D. in molecular biology, virology, RNA biology, or similar is required.
• Experience with next-generation sequencing datasets highly desired.
• Experience with computational data analysis using ‘Big Data’, including knowledge of statistical concepts is a plus.
• Programming skills in scripting languages such as Python/Perl, and analysis tools like MATLAB/R not required, but would be a plus.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and mentor junior scientists and students.


This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Dr. Bruce Torbet
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Division: 3
Location: La Jolla, CA
Maildrop: MEM-131
Email application materials to: betorbet@scripps.edu
URL: http://www.scripps.edu/torbett/
Research Description:

The Torbett group has an active research program within the HIV Interaction and Viral Evolution (HIVE) Center (see: http://hive.scripps.edu ) to better understand the evolution of antiviral resistance mutations and their biological and biophysical implications. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will participate in three complementary areas, the first is to screen and identify chemical probes for the HIV Gag polyproteins utilizing SuFEx (Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange) compounds and, secondly, determine the functional and structural consequences of SuFEx binding to both wild type and antiviral resistant HIV Gag polyproteins. Lastly, the Fellow will also be involved in structural studies of HIV Gag – host cell interacting proteins. Post-doctoral applicants must have training/experience in crystallography and protein chemistry and/or biochemistry. Some training in virology, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, and/or computational biology are highly beneficial for the project.

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to: betorbet@scripps.edu

Position Requirements: Must possess a doctoral degree. A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Dr. Jiang Zhu
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Division: 3
Location: La Jolla, CA
Maildrop: IMM-306
Email application materials to: jiang@scripps.edu
Research Description:

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available for highly motivated candidates to study the evolution of HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) in natural infection, and to develop HIV-1 vaccine immunogens for in vivo evaluation, in the laboratory of Prof. Jiang Zhu, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, Department of Structural and Computational Biology, and Scripps Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology & Immunogen Discovery (CHAVI-ID), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.

Potential projects may involve (1) isolating HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies from patient samples or immunized animal samples using single-cell technologies and next-generation sequencing (NGS); (2) determining the lineage patterns of HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies longitudinally during infection and vaccination; (3) computationally designing & optimizing HIV-1 immunogens including epitope-scaffolds, gp140 trimers, and nanoparticles; (4) analyzing immunized animal samples with various assays to evaluate HIV-1-specific B-cell responses and protection.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
jiang@scripps.edu

Position Requirements: Must possess a doctoral degree. A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator.

Preferred qualifications:
Successful candidates will have a recent Ph.D. in biophysics, biochemistry, structural biology, immunology, and vaccinology. Training in animal immunization or prior experience with antibody and vaccine research will be a plus.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Pietro Sanna, M.D.
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Division: 3
Location: La Jolla, CA
Maildrop: SP30-2300
Email application materials to: psanna@scripps.edu
Research Description:

Research Associates are appointed positions for the purpose of developing scholarly competence, working under the supervision of a TSRI Faculty member.

A NIH-funded post-doctoral position is available immediately for a motivated individual to join a dynamic multidisciplinary research team at The Scripps Research Institute to study the effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse with electrophysiological methods.

Position Requirements: Must possess a doctoral degree. A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator.

A background in bio- physics is preferred.

Send CVs & references to psanna@scripps.edu.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Pietro Sanna, M.D.
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: La Jolla, CA
Maildrop: SP30-2300
Email application materials to: psanna@scripps.edu
Research Description:

A post-doctoral position is available immediately for a motivated individual to join a dynamic multidisciplinary research team at The Scripps Research Institute to study the neurobiological bases of drug addiction and dementia with strategies involving anatomy, gene expression by RNA-Seq and cell isolation by FACS and laser microdissection, electrophysiology and pharmacology.

This NIH-funded position offers a competitive pay and benefits package.

Position Requirements: Must possess a doctoral degree. A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator.

MD, PhD or equivalent. Experience in relevant techniques.

Successful candidates will be creative, highly motivated, and able to work semi-independently.

Send CVs & references to psanna@scripps.edu
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Dr. Valente
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: Jupiter, FL
Email application materials to: svalente@scripps.edu
URL: http://www.scripps.edu/valente/people.html
Research Description:

Post-Doctoral Position available immediately
Department of Immunology and Microbial Sciences
The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida


The Valente laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute – Florida is seeking exceptional candidates for a funded postdoctoral position, available immediately. The laboratory is mainly interested in HIV-1 latency; inhibitors of Tat-activated HIV-1 transcription; HIV-1 mRNA maturation and export; HIV capsid dimerization inhibitors (http://www.scripps.edu/valente/). Studies incorporate cellular and molecular virology, cell biology, primary cell culture, biochemistry, epigenetics and small molecule screening.

Position Requirements: Candidates must possess a Ph.D (or MD/PhD) in virology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, or immunology, with several international publications. The successful candidate will be expected to work in a BSL3 facility.
Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae, research interest, and the name and contact information of three references to Susana T. Valente, e-mail: svalente@scripps.edu

The Scripps Research institute-Florida (http://www.scripps.edu/florida/)
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Dr. Matthew Pipkin
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: Jupiter, FL
Email application materials to: mpipkin@scripps.edu
URL: http://www.scripps.edu/research/cancer-biology/index.html
Research Description:

The transcriptional circuitry of CTL differentiation:
A postdoctoral position within the Department of Cancer Biology is available to study the genetic, molecular and cellular basis of effector and memory CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) differentiation. The candidate will develop new, and use available, strains of reporter and gene deficient mice to examine the regulation of effector and memory CTL development in response to model infections and tumors. These approaches will be combined with custom retroviral shRNA-miR libraries targeting transcriptional regulators, in the context of infectious models in vivo and simplified in vitro differentiation systems, to discover and dissect the transcriptional circuitry of CTL differentiation. To clarify important questions underlying cell-differentiation, the candidate will apply sophisticated genetic and molecular approaches such as chromosome transfer, BAC recombineering and transgenesis, and next generation sequencing of RNA and DNA derived libraries.

Position Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in immunology, a strong background in genetics, and extensive experience with flow cytometry and or fluorescent microscopy. In addition, experience with mice and a committed desire to learn and apply classical and cutting-edge molecular biology approaches are strongly desired.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research skills, experiences, goals, and contact information (email address and phone number) of three references to: mpipkin@scripps.edu.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Principal Investigator Dr. Matthew Pipkin
Department: Immunology and Microbiology
Location: Jupiter, FL
Email application materials to: mpipkin@scripps.edu
URL: http://www.scripps.edu/research/cancer-biology/index.html
Research Description:

The mechanics of nucleosome positioning:
A postdoctoral position within the Department of Cancer Biology is available to study the transcriptional mechanics underlying effector and memory CD8+ T cell differentiation. The candidate’s goals will be to clarify how transcription factor expression levels combined with their affinities for cognate binding sites in DNA control nucleosome positioning and transcription in vivo. The lab has developed and applied novel approaches that integrate bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology and next generation sequencing to map nucleosomes in vivo at unprecedented resolution. A number of genetic tools and approaches are available in the lab to alter expression of essential CD8 T cell specific transcription factors in vitro and in vivo, such as conditional knockout mice, retrovirally expressed cDNAs and whole-genome retroviral shRNA-miR libraries, to examine at the genome-scale how these factors control nucleosome positions and CTL differentiation.

Position Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a biological, chemical, or physical science, a quantitative mindset, and a committed desire to learning and applying classical and cutting-edge molecular and biochemical approaches to address the regulation of chromatin and transcription in the immune system.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of research skills, experiences, goals, and contact information (email address and phone number) of three references to: mpipkin@scripps.edu.
EEO Statement: The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.