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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Deng lab is investigating the pathogenesis of severe respiratory infections, including influenza and SARS-CoV-2. Our laboratory has identified type I interferons and dysregulated neutrophil responses as significant mechanisms underlying severe influenza and bacterial pneumonias. We currently have 3 funded projects to study alterations in neutrophil phenotypes during acute respiratory infections and to examine the role of aging in severity of influenza infections. Our lab employs murine models of flu and bacterial pneumonia; in vitro models using lung epithelial cells, macrophages, and neutrophils; and samples from human subjects to interrogate how type I interferons mediate alterations in immune responses to influenza and bacterial pathogens. The postdoctoral fellow may also be conducting research in a BSL3 facility. Post-doctoral personnel can expect to work in a highly collaborative environment and acquire skills in animal (murine) models of acute respiratory infections, microbiology assays, immunology assays, and large data (bulk and single-cell RNA seq, mass cytometry, microbiome) analysis. If desired, experience with human subject research can also be arranged if consistent with candidate’s long term career development plan.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


  • Performing research studies and data analysis - molecular biology and immunology assays (e.g., ELISA, isolation of RNA and
  • PCR, flow cytometry) - animal (mouse) studies including survival surgeries and monitoring
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication and grant submissions; other scholarly activities (e.g., presentations, manuscript reviews, etc.; to be determined with PI)
  • Share in general maintenance of lab equipment and inventory, lab cleanliness, restocking of solutions, etc. as relevant to own research
  • Maintaining training and compliance with research regulations and policies, including assisting with enforcing lab safety practices and prepping for inspections
  • Teaching and sharing expertise with other lab members, participating in lab meetings and conferences

Required Qualifications*

PhD or equivalent in biological sciences, chemistry, or related scientific field.

Desired Qualifications*

Computational skills are desired but not required.

Experience with working with biohazards (e.g., bacterial or viral pathogens) strongly preferred

Experience with computational analysis of 'omics data (e.g., microbiome, RNA seq, etc.) is preferred but not required

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.