Postdoctoral Fellow Position for the study of viral population diversity and cell intrinsic innate immunity

University of California, San Diego

  • Post Doctoral Position - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

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A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Alistair Russell in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Our group seeks to understand how complex, genetically variable, viral populations interact with cell intrinsic innate immunity. We seek to understand the role of standing variation in viral populations with the elicitation of an immune response, as well as understand the tolerance of variation within viral populations with respect to the same phenomenon. Our group possess expertise in influenza A virus, but will be seeking to explore other viral pathogens of broad human interest. Studies in our group employ methodologies including deep mutational scanning, high-throughput sequencing, and single-cell transcriptomics coupled to single-cell viral genomics. Initial appointment for one year, renewable thereafter.

Russell lab is within the dynamic Biological Sciences department at UCSD, and postdoctoral trainees will have opportunities to both present at and attend seminars with other groups working on viral biology, immunology, and RNA biology. Our group resides within the newly-constructed Tata Hall and shares space with several other laboratories with which we have shared meetings. Our department at UCSD is highly collegial, with many opportunities for collaborations, both formal and informal. This is a mentored position, and it is expected that applicants will be seeking training in the foundational expertise of our group, as well as training and mentorship specific to their goals in career development.

What we’re looking for

PhD in biology or a related field

Experience in at least one of:



Molecular Biology

Computational Biology

It is NOT expected applicants will have experience in all of the above, we are looking for a candidate who may be seeking training in at least one of the above fields, and would love to receive enthusiastic candidates looking to change fields

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Application Materials:


Cover letter including a paragraph describing how your research interests fit with the job described

Contact information for 3 references

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Education Requirement:
Tata Hall
Biological Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive #0329
San Diego , CA 92122
Alistair Russell, PhD