Postdoctoral Research Associate position in innate anti-viral immune responses

MacDuff lab, University of Illinois Chicago

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

The laboratory of Dr. Donna MacDuff in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Illinois Chicago seeks a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with a background in immunology, virology, biochemistry or molecular biology to study the regulation of innate anti-viral immune responses through ubiquitination. This is an NIH-funded position available immediately.

The MacDuff laboratory investigates the cellular mechanisms and pathways that regulate inflammatory responses to pathogenic and commensal microbes. We utilize mouse and cell culture models of viral and bacterial infection, and a variety of immunological, microbiology, molecular biology and biochemical techniques to achieve these goals. Additional information about the laboratory and research program is available at: 

Job Responsibilities

• Design and develop a project and The laboratory of Dr. Donna MacDuff in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the experiments with the Principal Investigator to investigate the regulation of RIG-I-like receptor signaling by ubiquitination

• Work independently to perform experiments, acquire and analyze data

• Optimize biochemical methods

• Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

• Communicate results at scientific conference, seminars and lab meetings

• Assist in the training on other research staff and students


• A recent graduate with a PhD in Immunology, Virology, Biochemistry or a related field

• A strong publication record

• Ability to design and conduct experiments independently 

• Ability to work with others as a team

• Ability to write manuscripts and fellowship applications, and present their research at national meetings

• Excellent command of the English language

• Excellent organizational skills 


- Experience with immune signaling pathways, biology of ubiquitination, or mouse models.

- Experience working with viruses

- Experience with molecular biology or biochemical techniques

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This full time position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled.

To apply for this position, please email a letter of application summarizing your scientific interests and experience, your CV and the names and contact information for three references, one of which should be your thesis advisor, to Dr. MacDuff ([email protected]).

Medical, vision, dental, 403b, pension
Education Requirement:
Years of Experience:
0-2 as a post-doc. At least 4 years in research.
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • ubiquitin
  • innate immunity
  • immunology
  • virology
  • biochemistry
Commensurate with experience

The University of Illinois Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Chicago Medical District
Microbiology and Immunology
909 S. Wolcott Ave
Chicago , IL 60612
Prof Donna MacDuff, Ph.D.