NIH-funded postdoc position in the Code Lab!

11 Jun

Position Type:

NIH funded postdoc position at San Francisco State University to work with Dr Pleuni Pennings in the CoDE lab on viral evolution in macaques. The project is in collaboration with Dr Zandrea Ambrose and Dr Philana Lin from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Philana Lin (Ling), Zandrea Ambrose, Pleuni Pennings are the PIs on the R01 grant “Influence of SIV replication on TB progression and immunity.” 

Lab website:

Position Description:

I am looking for a postdoc to work on a project funded by NIH, in collaboration with Dr Zandrea Ambrose and Dr Philana Lin from the University of Pittsburgh. We study how SIV, TB and the immune system affect each other within the host. The work in SF will mostly be focused on analyzing the viral sequences. I am looking for someone who is interested in doing the programming, the statistics and the writing.

I have worked with Zandrea Ambrose previously which has let to this paper in Plos Pathogens by Alison Feder et al.  Philana Lin has done very cool work on TB evolution within macaques using barcoded TB.

Requirements: PhD in Biology or related field.

Other preferred qualifications:

I am looking for someone with experience and interest in several of the following domains: evolution, virology, bioinformatics (next gen sequencing data) and statistics.

The preferred candidate will also have an interest in / experience with one or more of the following: teaching, working with students from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in research, outreach (e.g., writing, social media, video).

The preferred candidate will have experience with writing clear / understandable scientific prose as evidenced by a writing sample.

Why this is a great opportunity:

You will be part of an extremely diverse department of biology.

You will be working on an exciting project that bridges virology and evolutionary genetics and that could help us understand why TB and HIV are such a dangerous combination.

You will be able to contribute to training of students of diverse backgrounds.

You will get the opportunity to work with people at the University of Pittsburgh.

If you are interested to collaborate with people at Stanford, UCSF or UC Berkeley, I will encourage that and help set up contacts.

In the CoDE lab, you will work in a supportive environment where research is important, but papers are never more important than people.


Funding is available for three years. Appointment will be for one year initially, but will be extended for up to three years if expectations are met. The starting salary is $54,000 per year.

How to apply:

Send a 1-2 page cover letter, your CV, a recent paper (or draft) written by you, and names and email addresses for three references to Only pdf’s please!


I will start looking at applications from July 10th, 2019 and hope to hire as soon as possible after that.

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