Postdoctoral Position to Study Host-Pathogen Interactions.

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Stanford University School of Medicine

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


An opening for a post-doctoral position in the Department of Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases, Stanford School of Medicine. Our research uses varicella-zoster virus as a model pathogen to study host-pathogen interactions, T-cell tropism and cell-cell fusion mediated pathogenesis, with an emphasis on in vivo structural biology, and structure function studies using state of the art cryo-EM. The position offers an opportunity for highly motivated, enthusiastic candidates with a strong background in molecular cell biology, molecular virology, biochemistry, and/or a related field to advance their training under the direction of Stefan Oliver, Ph.D. Recent papers to review include doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1009022 and doi:10.1038/s41467-020-17911-0. Qualified individuals should hold a Ph.D or MD/Ph.D with exemplary and demonstrated laboratory, analytical, and communication skills. Candidates with experience in virology and/or biochemistry with an interest in viral pathogens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Key responsibilities include:

• Expansion of current research projects focused on investigating herpesvirus pathogenesis, including virus-host interactions.

• Communication through participation in and presentation at lab meetings, plus departmental and institute seminars.

• Daily bench activities underpinning project objectives.

• Preparation, collection, and maintenance of research project documentation and data.

• The preparation of external presentations, reports, and the publication of manuscripts.

Ideal candidates will be:

• A Ph.D or MD/Ph.D in microbiology, virology, molecular biology, cell biology, or related discipline.

• A critical thinker with intellectual creativity who is able to work independently and in teams with a demonstrated ability to be highly motivated and well organized.

• An exceptional communicator in oral and written formats.

• An individual with demonstrated expertise in cell culture, molecular biology methodologies, including the manipulation, purification and cloning of DNA, protein purification, and cell-based assays.

• From a virology background but this is not required.

Candidates must provide:

• An up-to-date CV.

• A brief description of past research experience and accomplishments.

• A summary of future research interests.

• Selected publication reprints.

• The names and contact information of three referees.

Send the above materials to Stefan Oliver - email:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Education Requirement:
Ph.D or MD/Ph.D
BMI 2400
Stanford , CA 94305
Stefan Oliver, PhD