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Postdoctoral Scholar - Immuno-Virology & Vaccine Development

Application Window

Open date: July 1st, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, School of Medicine, at the University of California, Irvine has two openings for postdoctoral scholar positions. The positions will be involved in studying immunity and immunopathology of Herpes Simplex virus, COVID-19, and Cancers, including development of vaccines and immunotherapies.

The Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology (LCMI), headed by Dr. Lbachir BenMohamed, is developing a new class of human herpes vaccines based on an innovative strategy for the discovery of “asymptomatic” epitopes that induce protective T cell immunity. LCMI employs a proprietary approach that mimics the natural immune response to comprehensively screen for herpes antigens that are protective across diverse human populations. LCMI has demonstrated preclinical proof-of-concept with vaccines for herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) infection and disease that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The same strategy is also being applied in the lab to develop vaccines against cancers. The team expects to begin clinical trials for its lead research program, a therapeutic vaccine for HSV-1 and HSV-2, within the next few years.

Recent Ph.D, or M.D./Ph.D. graduates in the Biological/Immunological Sciences preferred. Interdisciplinary skills and approaches in Genomics, RNA Sequencing, FACS, Advanced Imaging, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Immunology and Cell Biology are strongly desired. The incumbent must be comfortable and/or have experience in working with laboratory animals (mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits), with human samples and an understanding of advanced immunological, virological methods and/or genomics.

Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree in the Biological/Immunological Sciences or equivalent.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must possess a Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree in the Biological/Immunological Sciences or equivalent.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA