Research Fellow - Vaccine and Virology

Research Fellow - Vaccine and Virology

  • Rochester MN, United States
Research Fellow - Vaccine and Virology
Job description

The Research shield at Mayo Clinic is committed to creating a diverse environment and recognizes that diverse research teams make better decisions, are more equipped to solve complex problems and adapt to change, and produce better outcomes. That diversity is about opening up to unconventional ideas that create better outcomes, while recognizing colleagues' unique contributions. Become part of the legacy that embraces these differences and enables us to provide the best care to patients from all over the world.

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The Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group has several positions open for Postdoctoral Fellows committed to developing an academic career in immunology and vaccinology.  Under the direction of Dr. Richard Kennedy and Dr. Gregory Poland  this position will work in a laboratory that uses state of the art molecular, immunologic, and omics approaches to study immune responses to viral vaccines.  The Vaccine Research Group has multiple NIH-funded projects and CDC contracts and offers an extraordinary team-based science environment with multiple opportunities for education, training, and career development. Mayo Clinic provides world-class clinical research facilities to support clinical, translational, and basic research activities.

Projects include:

* Evaluating genetic and other factors controlling the development of immunologic memory and waning immunity to measles and mumps following MMR vaccination

* Using systems biology approaches to evaluate both humoral and cellular immune responses to influenza vaccines

* Assessing the effects of age and immunosenescence on vaccine responses

* Developing a peptide-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.  The peptide-based vaccine project will be followed by the development of additional vaccines against zika, chikungunya, smallpox, monkeypox, and other viral diseases

Candidates should indicate in their cover letter which project(s) they are qualified for and interested in. Successful candidates will have:

* A significant record of research accomplishment

* excellent attention to detail

* the ability to work independently

* scientific writing skills

* communication and organizational skills

Experience working with high-dimensional, high-throughput omics assays, single cell RNA-Seq, functional/mechanistic assessment of genetic variants, and/or flow/mass cytometry is a plus. Those interested in the position should submit their CV, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of research accomplishments and career goals to the online system and by e-mail to: For more information about our research group, please visit our website: To learn more about Dr. Kennedy's research, please visit his faculty profile at Dr. Richard B. Kennedy or Dr. Gregory Poland.

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic.

The following is required for completeness of application:

* Current curriculum vitae with bibliography

* Proof of doctoral degree (copy of diploma or final transcript with English translation, if applicable) or a letter from your university's Registrar office indicating you have fulfilled all doctoral program requirements and are eligible to graduate

Must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a field deemed relevant by the program. Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.

Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.

Areas of Research
  • Virology
  • Epidemiology
  • Life Sciences