Postdoctoral Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral Position in HIV-1 Immunology

    The Georgiev Laboratory at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center has an opening for an R01-funded postdoctoral position in the area of HIV-1 immunology, with a primary focus on characterization of immune responses to HIV-1 infection.

    Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for the position:

    • Ph.D. in immunology, virology, computational biology, or a closely related field
    • Prior experience in several of the following areas:
      • Assays for characterizing antibody-antigen interactions, such as virus neutralization assays
      • Serologic analysis of immune responses
      • Antigen-specific B-cell sorting
      • Next-generation sequencing of antibody repertoires
      • Protein expression and purification, and site-directed mutagenesis
    • Experience in computational biology, big data analysis, and/or structural biology is a plus.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Clear sense of organization, purpose, and accountability

    Interested applicants should send a current CV and a brief statement of interest to Ivelin Georgiev,

    Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    ​Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    -Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-


  • Characterize the Role of IL-23R in Intestinal Immune Homeostasis

    There is an immediate opening for a post-doctoral fellow position in the laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Goettel in The Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. The Goettel lab utilizes translational approaches to study mucosal immunity in both murine and humanized murine systems. Specifically, we will characterize the role of IL-23R in intestinal immune homeostasis as well as develop humanized murine systems to assess therapeutic strategies that promote or restore intestinal health. This project involves working with mouse models, primary human immune cells, and established cell lines. Our lab is a member of the Digestive Disease Research Center (DDRC) and the Center for Mucosal Inflammation and Cancer (CMIC) and offers a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment with close interaction with other basic and clinical scientists. This opportunity is for a highly motivated creative individual who can drive projects and ideas forward and offer new insight and approaches that will contribute to our understanding of basic scientific questions. 

    Requirements and Responsibilities:

    • A PhD with strong background in immunology and publication record
    • Experience with in vitro and in vivo immunological assays is especially desirable
    • Assist in training new graduate students and lab technicians
    • Proficient in flow cytometry and data analysis, qPCR, molecular biology techniques
    • Present data in lab and departmental meetings as well as national and international conferences
    • Manuscript and grant writing

    Please contact Jeremy Goettel with CV, cover letter and references.

    Jeremy A. Goettel, Ph.D.

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

    -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-


  • Interactions Between the Immune and Metabolic Systems

    A postdoctoral position is immediately available to study interactions between the immune and metabolic systems and its implications in health and disease. Specific research areas include: (1) The role of innate and innate-like lymphocytes (e.g., invariant natural killer T cells and regulatory B cells) in obesity-associated insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease; (2) The contribution of autophagy to MHC class I-, MHC class II-, and CD1-restricted antigen presentation; (3) The role of autophagy-related cellular processes in T lymphocyte development and function; and (4) The impact of autophagy in cells of the metabolic and immune systems on metabolic health and disease. In these studies, our laboratory employs a variety of experimental systems, including genetically engineered mice and models of autoimmunity, inflammation and obesity-associated metabolic and cardiovascular disease. The long-term goal of these studies is to manipulate immune and metabolic pathways for the development of new therapies for human disease.

    Successful candidates should have a PhD or MD degree and should have experience in studies related to immunology and/or metabolic disease using animal models. Strong communication and organizational skills are required.

    To apply, email a brief cover letter describing accomplishments and future research goals, a current CV with publications, and contact information for three references to Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D..

    Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D.

    Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
    ​Elizabeth and John Shapiro Chair

    -Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-