Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ralph Pantophlet

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

A postdoctoral position is available starting September 2019 in the research group of Dr. Ralph Pantophlet at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

We are seeking an individual with a PhD and/or MD with research interests in Immunology to become part of a growing glyco-immunology research program in the lab.

The prospective postdoc will focus on elucidating B- and T-cell dynamics and immunogen design elements for the priming and promotion of broadly neutralizing antibody responses to oligomannose-type glycans on HIV-1 gp120 (Pantophlet et. al Nat Comm 2017). This project will contribute directly to the development of an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine and involves collaborators in Canada, the US and Europe. The prospective postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the project and be given opportunity to present his/her work at national and international meetings. 


Required scientific background and expertise:

1) A PhD or MD/PhD degree in immunology or other closely-related discipline within the last 12 months with a strong publication record in mid- to top-tier journals

2) High proficiency with the following techniques :

o Mammalian cell culture;

o Molecular biology;

o Multi-color flow cytometry;

o Methods for studying protein/protein interactions (e.g. Surface Plasmon Resonance or Bio-layer interferometry).

Preference will be given to applicants experienced in B cell immunology, antibody cloning and B cell repertoire analyses. 

Additional requirements:

> Strong interpersonal skills with experience in designing experiments and achieving goals.

> Strong self-motivation and critical thinking skills.

> Strong mentorship skills/interest

> Demonstrable ability to arrange and present data using computer graphics software.

> Demonstrable ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

> Excellent verbal and written English communication and organizational skills.

> Demonstrable ability to draft manuscripts for publication

Opportunity will be available for professional development via the Office for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Salary will be commensurate with stipend levels of a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship, albeit that successful applicants are expected to be sufficiently competitive to apply for external postdoctoral funding (MSFHR, CIHR, etc) within the first 12 months. The post is full-time and for 2 years initially, with possibility for extension based on performance and funding.

How to apply

To be considered, applicants should send an email to Dr. Ralph Pantophlet (rpantophlet [at] The email must include:

1) A clear and specific description of short- and long-term career goals ;

2) A detailed academic CV; and

3) The names of three prospective academic references.

All applicants meeting the criteria above are encouraged to apply. Applications will be continually reviewed until the position is filled.


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Postdoctoral Fellow