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How to Apply

Individuals who are interested in this position should send a cover letter, stating their career objectives and research interests, together with their CV, including names & contact details of three references to Prof. Cheng at, and indicate "Postdoc Application" in the subject of their emails. 

Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in Wei Cheng laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  We seek highly motivated and dedicated individuals to participate in our study on mechanisms of B cell responses to viral-like particulate antigens.  The Cheng lab has pioneered the biochemical synthesis of particulate antigens that resemble both the qualitative and quantitative features of enveloped viruses.  We are using these particulates as model antigens to investigate how they activate B cells to turn on antibody production, and how the affinity and duration of antibodies together with memory B cell responses may be modulated by the individual as well as collective attributes of these antigens.  The outcome from this study is expected to lay foundations for the design of next-generation antiviral vaccines.


As part of this position, the candidate is expected to learn and master our technique in biochemical synthesis of viral-like antigens and use these antigens to carry out in-depth immunological and mechanistic studies. The candidate will help Dr. Cheng to prepare and characterize the new generation of model particulate antigens, different routes of mouse immunization, organ/blood/fluid collection and antibody analysis, and analyze experimental results under the direct supervision of Dr. Cheng.

Required Qualifications*

  • PhD degree in immunology or other related quantitative science.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.