Postdoctoral Associate (Pathology)

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Job location: Miami, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-10
Req: R100035039
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About This Position

The Postdoctoral Associate performs scientific research and studies under the supervision of managing staff at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Moreover, the Postdoctoral Associate promotes institutional recognition through literal contributions to the scientific community.

This Postdoctoral Associate position will be part of a team in the Department of Pathology investigating the gamma-2 lymphotropic herpesvirus of rhesus monkeys called RRV that is a close monkey relative of the human Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus. The successful applicant will work on the generation of new recombinant RRV strains for improved transgene expression and evaluate their performance as vaccines in rhesus macaques (see PLoS Pathog. 2018 Jun 18;14(6):e1007143 and Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Jan 29;116(5):1739-1744).


  • The individual will develop RRV-based vaccines against Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).
  • The individual will implement techniques to detect and quantify antibody responses to both RRV and SIV proteins.
  • The influence of codon usage on late viral gene expression in other virus families will be investigated.
  • The individual will participate in Desrosiers lab group meeting every Wednesday morning.
  • The individual is expected to maintain a high level of current knowledge and laboratory skills.
  • The individual will analyze results, and prepare graphs and summary slides intended for publication.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D., or other doctoral-level degree. Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

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Posted: 9/11/2019
Application Due: 4/15/2020
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