Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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The Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences (MNIMBS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the immunological mechanisms of adjuvants for the development of improved vaccines. The ideal candidate will have experience in basic cellular and molecular biology/biochemical techniques including mammalian cell culture, qPCR, protein expression and purification, and immunological techniques such as ELISA, and flow cytometry. Prior experience working with mice is highly preferred. Primary responsibilities include assisting in experimental work for ongoing projects, compiling, analyzing, and interpreting results, as well as potentially contributing to manuscript preparation. The candidate will work closely with the principal investigator as well as other laboratory staff in a highly collaborative basic science laboratory. Thus, the successful candidate should be able to work independently as well as collaboratively across multiple diverse concurrent projects.  Eventual responsibilities will also involve training and oversight of undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities include reagent preparation and lab maintenance duties such as maintaining lab equipment and ordering supplies to maintain laboratory stocks. We are seeking an enthusiastic applicant that is willing to learn and join our team. Successful candidates will become part of a highly productive and collaborative team of researchers in a modern, interconnected laboratory space. Within the group, there is a strong commitment to mentorship.

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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


  • Design and perform experiments using immunological techniques such as flow cytometry, ELISA, RNA isolation, qPCR
  • Perform experimentation with various murine models
  • Perform data analysis/interpretation
  • Develop independent research projects
  • Participate in laboratory meetings
  • Assist fellow laboratory members in the lab that conducts immunological research
  • Maintain and initiate collaborations between other labs
  • Prepare research manuscripts and publications
  • Assist with shared duties for lab maintenance
  • Attend departmental and institutional meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • A recent Ph.D. degree in immunology, biochemistry, or related biomedical field.
  • In addition to the required qualifications listed in the job summary, candidates must possess a strong working knowledge of immunology.
  • Experience working independently with murine models.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Background in vaccine development or virology
  • Proficiency in designing flow cytometry panels and analyzing flow cytometry data
  • Previous experience in virology and related techniques
  • Experience assisting with grant preparation and interest in applying for independent funding

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.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff working in the following areas: Michigan Medicine including the Medical School, Dental School, University Health Service or the Mary A. Rackham Institute.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response.

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