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Multiple postdoc and research scientist positions in modeling respiratory virus evolution, epidemiology, immunity, and vaccines

The Cobey Lab is currently seeking multiple computational postdocs and research scientists to study the development of protective antibody responses to influenza (and probably SARS-CoV-2), the effect of immunity on influenza evolution, the factors shaping the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine, quantitatively guided universal vaccines and vaccination strategies, and the shortcomings of the adaptive immune system. Researchers will work closely with our collaborators in immunology, virology, and epidemiology. There are several projects available and exciting opportunities to develop new methods, visualizations, and theory. Funding comes from a R01 to study influenza dynamics in childhood and two initiatives to develop new universal influenza vaccines, a Gates Grand Challenge award and a NIH-funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Center (CIVIC). Our research is also funded by the NIH Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS). We are cautiously optimistic that another project will be funded and allow us to analyze responses to SARS-CoV-2 as well.

Successful applicants will have strong quantitative skills and an established record of productive research. Researchers will have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., applied math, computer science, ecology and evolution, epidemiology, physics, statistics) or will be on track to obtain one before joining the lab. They must have strong written and oral communication skills and commitment to working as part of a constructive, productive, multidisciplinary team. More information is available in our handbook on the lab website.

Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Partially remote working arrangements are also possible, even when not required by law. We pay a competitive salary.

To apply for a postdoctoral position, please email a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and two or three relevant publications/preprints to Sarah Cobey at In the cover letter, please describe the problems that interest you and your most relevant qualifications.

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Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

University of Chicago
United States
Closing date
July 12th, 2020
Posted on
April 12th, 2020 14:02
Last updated
April 12th, 2020 14:02