University of Montana (UMT)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Montana - Center for Translational Medicine

Missoula, MT, United States

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Immunology

Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. in Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science or related field (current or within 3 months for current Ph.D. Candidates)

Position Details:

A Postdoctoral Associate position in immunology is available immediately in lab of Dr. Jay Evans in the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana (Missoula MT). Work as part of a highly interactive multidisciplinary research team focused on the discovery and development of novel vaccine adjuvants and immunomodulators. Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of medicinal chemists, formulation scientists and immunologists working together toward one goal – to create new vaccines and immunotherapies targeting diseases with a high unmet medical need. Current projects include the development of novel vaccines or treatments targeting influenza virus, pertussis, pseudomonas, tuberculosis, allergy, cancer and opioid addiction. Each of these projects include the goal of moving new vaccines or immunotherapies towards human clinical trials as well as exploring the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and the downstream effects on immunopathology or immune mediated protection. Our team consists of former and current industry scientists with extensive translational research experience, making our lab a great place for anyone with an interest in translational immunology. This is an excellent opportunity to join a world-class multidisciplinary vaccine research team that is well funded and has strong connections in both academia and industry.

Preferred Qualifications:

Our ideal candidate has experience with both human and mouse immunology, as well as common lab techniques, particularly flow cytometry, cell culture and primary cell assays, ELISAs, Westerns, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, qPCR, and in vivo mouse models. Most importantly, they should be confident working independently and be comfortable moving into new areas, since our research spans all areas of immunology, cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. A strong publication record and communication skills and keen interest in expanding your areas of expertise are also very desirable qualities!

The appointee is expected to be both highly independent and collaborative, and s/he will have significant leeway in the scope and design of projects. The appointee will write papers for publication based on research, compose projects reports and contribute to grant applications, present at seminars and national meetings, and participate in research group meetings that may include oral and/or written reports. The ability to exhibit independent decision making and participate in group discussions is expected in designing and implementing strategies for achieving shared research goals.

Missoula is a beautiful and vibrant college community, perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors! Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Missoula is the hub of five valleys and three major rivers. Please apply if this sounds like the place for you, and come join our vaccine research team!

About the Center for Translational Medicine, UM, and Missoula

The mission of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana is to establish a cross-department and -college multi-disciplinary research center to assist faculty, staff and students in the translation of research ideas from bench to bedside. In this respect, translational research provides an avenue through which basic science discoveries in the biomedical sciences can be “translated” into applicable therapeutics, diagnostics, and/or processes that directly impact health care. In many instances the products/intellectual property of translational research can also be commercialized to the benefit of the University and the regional economy. The Center will work across the Montana University System (MUS) to facilitate the ability of University researchers to better advance the clinical and/or commercial potential of their basic science discoveries. The Center will promote the expansion of educational programs in translational medicine and career development opportunities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. The Center seeks to strengthen and expand entrepreneurial programs at the University and build a new community to meet challenges and adapt to the changing healthcare/biotech employment and research funding landscape. This new culture and community will prepare students for a career in the biotechnology or health care industry and open doors to new sources of revenue in support of translational research and education in the MUS.


The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. 


UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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