Postdoctoral Fellow (Weiskopf)

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #279
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Job Summary

A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available immediately at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in the lab of Dr. Daniela Weiskopf, who is interested in understanding human T cell reactivity against emerging infectious viruses after natural infection and vaccination.


Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers with a strong sense of collaboration dedicated to the identification and characterization of T cell responses against a variety of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 or mosquito borne viruses such as zika-, dengue- and chikungunya viruses.


For more information see:

  1. Humoral and cellular immune memory to four COVID-19 vaccines. (PMID: 35350195)
  2. Selective and cross-reactive SARS-CoV-2 T cell epitopes in unexposed humans (PMID: 32753554)
  3. A Population of CD4 + CD8 + Double-Positive T Cells Associated with Risk of Plasma Leakage in Dengue Viral Infection (PMID: 35062294
  4. Low-dose mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine generates durable memory enhanced by cross-reactive T cells PMID: 34519540) 

Our research is studying blood samples (PBMC) from individuals previously exposed to the viral infections, or who have been vaccinated against viral disease.

Methods frequently used in this research include isolating and culturing different primary cells of the immune system as well as FluoroSPOT and Flow Cytometry.

LJI is an independent, non-profit research institute. LJI was recently ranked in the world’s top 5 immunology research institutes and was ranked #1 in a survey of postdoctoral fellows as ‘best places to work’ by The Scientist magazine.

Leveling Requirements 

The successful candidate should have a PhD or MD/PhD with a strong background in immunology, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are expected.


How to Apply: Interested individuals should include their curriculum vitae, cover letter describing why they are interested in this position, and the names of three references. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Please enclose all documents within a single file attachment. 

About La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI)


LJI hosts 22 world-renowned faculty and over 70 postdoctoral researchers hailing from over 20 different countries. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer, and was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. 

Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits and contributions to a retirement plan (403B).


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With over 30 different countries represented, diversity is respected and celebrated at LJI. We are committed to ensuring a safe and compassionate environment that is equal, just, and fair. Science and discovery benefit from a diversity of talents, a diversity of approaches, and a diversity of perspectives. The La Jolla Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative is designed to help us identify areas at the Institute that need improvement so we can together create an environment that is inclusive, provides equal opportunities, and opens doors that propel our research for human health. 
La Jolla Institute is committed to compensation that is externally competitive and internally equitable. We validate this commitment by conducting regular market analyses to remain competitive with organizations of similar size in the nonprofit, independent research sector. Compensation decisions consider a variety of factors including experience, education, unique skill sets, organizational need, and internal equity. 

Other details

  • Job Function PHD
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $67,808.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $75,452.00
Location on Google Maps
  • 9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA