Postdoctoral Associate

Postdoctoral Associate

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Postdoctoral Associate – Viral immunology

Dr. Diego Diel Laboratory

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

We are seeking highly motivated scientists to join the Diel Lab in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, as Post-doctoral Associate, working on projects focusing on characterizing viral immune responses, identifying, and characterizing protective viral antigens for subunit vaccine development. The Diel Lab has a diverse research portfolio with projects currently funded by USDA, APHIS, NPB and NIH ( The lab studies mechanisms underlying virus-host interactions, pathogenesis, immunity, and works on diagnostic assay development for emerging viral diseases.

This position will work on the identification and characterization viral correlates of protection and protective viral antigens. This will involve design, development, testing and optimization of viral antigens and delivery systems as well as optimization of immune assays for the characterization of effector humoral and cellular immune responses. The candidate will help in the design, and will coordinate, and perform animal immunization challenge studies under BSL-2 and BSL-3 conditions, and prepare manuscripts for high impact scientific journals.

The applicant should have a PhD in virology or immunology, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, have a team oriented and collaborative mindset and have a strong desire to develop a career in the field of viral immunology or vaccinology. Prior training in flow cytometry and experience with laboratory or large animal models are assets.

This is a one-year full-time appointment with the potential for extension contingent upon successful performance. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your background, interests, and career goals, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references. All application materials should be submitted electronically through Academic Jobs Online:

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Diego Diel (

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