Postdoctoral Scholar -- Flavivirus epidemiology and computational biology (collaboration between UC Berkeley and NIH)

Position description: We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to develop and apply various computational biology, epidemiological, and machine learning approaches to study natural and vaccine-induced dengue humoral and cellular immunity, with a focus on correlates of protection and pathogenesis against dengue as well as dynamics of immunity over time. This position will be part of an ongoing NIH-funded P01 Program Project to investigate immunity following dengue virus natural infections and vaccination. Collaborating labs will lead Projects as part of the P01, each focused on various aspects of adaptive immunity, including antibody-antigen specificity, antibody Fc features and functionality, and B and T cell characterization. The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with the Projects to support analyses of these datasets and lead cross-Project and cohort analyses to help address unifying themes of the P01.

Institution: The postdoc will be hired as part of Dr. Eva Harris’s lab in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley ( Dr. Harris is the Principal Investigator of the P01 Program Project and leader of the P01 Project focused on natural B-cell mediated dengue virus immunity. The postdoc will be based in Viral Epidemiology and Immunity Unit, led by Dr. Leah Katzelnick, in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health ( Dr. Katzelnick is leader of the Computational Biology and Statistical Modeling Core of the P01 Program Project.

Qualifications: Candidates holding a M.D. and/or Ph.D. who have experience in computational biology (especially systems immunology), epidemiology, biostatistics, and/or bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should ideally have no more than three years of postdoctoral experience in directly related fields of research. Knowledge of flavivirus biology, serology, and epidemiology is preferred.

Application details: The position is available starting in the Spring/Summer 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications are welcome until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a 1) curriculum vitae (CV), 2) cover letter or statement of research interests, 3) publication or manuscript the candidate has written, and 4) be prepared to submit 2-3 letters of recommendation/references upon request. Applications should be emailed to: Dr. Leah Katzelnick ( and Dr. Eva Harris (

Hiring institution: Dr. Eva Harris, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley is an equal opportunity employer.

Work Location: Viral Epidemiology and Immunity Unit, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, US NIH, Bethesda, MD.

University of California, Berkeley and National Institutes of Health
Closing date
May 1st, 2021
Posted on
March 15th, 2021 13:36
Last updated
March 15th, 2021 13:36