Postdoctoral Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Position in Antibody Discovery Technologies

    The Georgiev Laboratory and the Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology has an opening for a postdoctoral position in the area of antibody discovery. We are looking for creative individuals who have a keen interest in the development of innovative technologies for antibody discovery and their application to diverse areas of biomedical significance, including infectious diseases, cancer, and autoimmunity. A strong background in relevant research areas, such as microfluidics, single-cell sequencing, B cell immunology, protein production, structural biology, and/or bioinformatics will be a plus. This position will offer an outstanding opportunity to build a unique skillset at the interface of immunology and computational science, with an emphasis on efforts that have a high potential for ground-breaking discoveries for therapeutic, vaccine, and platform technology development.

    Exceptional candidates who are interested in joining our fast-paced collaborative environment should send a cover letter and a current CV to Ivelin Georgiev.

    Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

    Director - Vanderbilt Program in Computational Microbiology and Immunology
    Associate Director - Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation
    Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    Associate Professor of Computer Science
    Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

    -Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-


  • Study Immunology Using Patient Samples and Mouse Models of Asthma

    The laboratory of Dr. Dawn C. Newcomb seeks applications for a post-doctoral position with a desire to study immunology using patient samples and mouse models of asthma at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The Newcomb lab is a dynamic, extramurally-funded laboratory within the Center for Lung Research a wide range of projects and great career training opportunities for post-docs.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Ph.D.
    • Experience with tissue culture techniques and/or animal models
    • Strong research, analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills.
    • Proactive and flexible demeanor with ability to effectively work in a team environment.
    • Ability to handle confidential patient information in a HIPPA-compliant manner
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to develop meaningful collaborations

    Please submit Inquiries to Dawn Newcomb and include “Post-doctoral Research Fellow Position” in the subject line.

    Dawn C. Newcomb, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    ​Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    -Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-


  • Postdoctoral Position in Dermatology & Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    At least two postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the Nicole Ward Lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, TN. The Ward Lab is housed in recently renovated open lab space shared amongst faculty belonging to the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation (VI4). The lab is focused on studying the immunology of chronic inflammatory skin diseases and related comorbidities.

    Ongoing projects the lab is recruiting for include:

    • B cell-T cell interactions and contributions to psoriatic arthritis pathogenesis.
    • Identifying pathogenic molecules involved in neutrophil-platelet interactions responsible for psoriasis promotion of thrombosis.
    • Host-microbe interactions and their role in modulating psoriasis skin and joint. inflammation.
    • Generating and studying innovative models of poorly understood skin diseases.
    • Elucidating Klk6-Par1 signaling mechanisms in inflammatory skin diseases.

    The postdoc will work independently on research projects under the supervision of the principal investigator. The candidate should have experience working with animal models of inflammation, technical expertise in immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology, as well as a willingness to learn new techniques. Individuals with experience in managing large electronic datasets and Bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the preparation of manuscripts and reports, and to regularly present their findings in lab meetings, department, and institutional research seminars, and at national/international meetings. Candidates must have an M.D and/or Ph.D. with relevant lab experience, a strong record of productivity with evidence of first-author publications, and excellent communication skills.

    Competitive salary commensurate with experience, and benefits; NIH funded.

    Dr. Nicole Ward is a Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She is the Vice-Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Dermatology at VUMC. She is a nationally recognized translational psoriasis research scientist and Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded laboratory and leading expert in preclinical mouse models of psoriatic disease. This is an outstanding opportunity for highly motivated individuals with strong organizational, communication, and bench skills.

    Diversity Statement In employment, as in education, the Ward Lab and VUMC are committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Interested applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the job and how their training makes them an ideal candidate, and the names/email address/phone number of three individuals that can provide academic references upon request.

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