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Excited about understanding how immune system prevents a disease? Interested in exploring what makes us immune to pathogens? Or just enthusiastic about robots and AI? We’re looking for people, robots, AI models, and others with passion and enthusiasm to advance human immunology

Open Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow

Systems Immunology

(dry lab)

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in data science and bioinformatics. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in development and implementation of technologies utilizing AI and data-driven approaches for human immune response monitoring, disease prediction, and identification of preventative responses for infectious diseases, particularly COVID-19 and influenza. The role involves the application of state-of-the-art software development methods, machine learning, and AI techniques to high-dimensional data to perform integrative and exploratory analysis. The project aims to develop tools that can leverage immunophenotyping data, such as single-cell cytometry data with transcriptome, proteome, and clinical data, to gain insights into the human immune system and protective immunity. A key part of the role will be to investigate how pre-existing immunity correlates with infection or vaccination outcomes to identify an immunological signature associated with protective viral immunity.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a project on the development of a novel AI platform engineered and utilize the platform for defining novel correlates of protection to various vaccines and infectious diseases.
  • Acquire, process, integrate and standardize large datasets and build databases.
  • Perform integrative and exploratory analysis of multi-omics datasets and apply machine learning methods to decipher immune responses to infections and vaccines.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in computational biology, systems biology/immunology, bioinformatics, or other closely related fields.
  • Strong track record of productivity, as evidenced by first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Considerable experience in data analysis and handling ‘omics’ datasets –  transcriptomics, proteomics, cytometry – evidenced by a portfolio including R scripts, published R packages or contributions to open-source software projects.
  • Proficient use of R language, alongside machine learning and AI, with extensive experience in data analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge and skills in using Linux, Git, Docker, PHP, Python, MySQL, MongoDB and familiarity with other programming languages such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS.
  • Excellent communication skills, evidenced by oral presentations at internationally recognized conferences.
  • Have background knowledge in immunology.

How to apply?

Please email the following documents to Prof. Adriana Tomic at atomic[at]bu.edu:

  • CV
  • List of publications with highlighted intellectual and technical contributions to each listed publication
  • GitHub profile
  • Cover letter detailing how you meet each selection criterion detailed in the job description
  • Three letters of recommendation

Postdoctoral Fellow

Human Immunology

(wet lab)

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on the experimental wet lab assays to validate computational findings aimed to decipher human immune responses to viruses and vaccines. The successful candidate will spearhead a project focused on the subsets of memory CD8+ T cells, as a promising target for universal flu vaccine development. Ideally, the candidate must possess experience in using high-dimensional cytometry (CyTOF and Aurora, Cytek), multi-color panel design, immune cell sorting, and peptide/virus stimulation T-cell assays.

 Responsibilities:

  • Lead a project on memory T cells in vaccination and infections.
  • Perform mass/spectral cytometry and ICS assays to evaluate the phenotype and functionality of memory T cells in blood and tissue samples from individuals after vaccination or during infection.
  • Analyze mass/spectral cytometry data by FlowJo, Cytosplore or custom scripting in R/python.
  • Use automated robotic platforms for various steps in cytometry.

Selection criteria

Essential:

  • PhD in immunology, infection biology, or other closely related fields.
  • Strong track record of productivity, as evidenced by first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Proficiency in high-dimensional cytometry using CyTOF and Aurora, and cell sorting.
  • Excellent communication skills, evidenced by oral presentations at internationally recognized conferences.
  • Have specialist knowledge in infectious disease, human immunology, and immune memory.

Desirable:

  • Acquisition of research funds through grant applications.
  • Experience in supervising staff.

How to apply?

Please email the following documents to Prof. Adriana Tomic at atomic[at]bu.edu:

  • CV
  • List of publications with highlighted intellectual and technical contributions to each listed publication
  • Cover letter detailing how you meet each selection criterion detailed in the job description
  • Three letters of recommendation

Research Specialist

Human Immunology

(wet lab)

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Specialist to join Atomic Lab. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in advancing our research efforts through the application of mass/spectral cytometry, ICS assays, and the development of automated workflows using robotic platforms.

 Responsibilities:

  • Perform mass/spectral cytometry and ICS assays.
  • Develop automated workflow using robotic platforms.
  • Lab automation.
  • Human samples processing
  • Experimental tech development

Selection criteria

Essential:

  • A PhD in a relevant field or an MSc with a minimum of four additional years of experience in working with cytometry applications, human samples processing and experimental tech development in human immunology.
  • Demonstrated experience in mass/spectral cytometry protocols development and lab automation protocols development.
  • Experienced user of CyTOF or Aurora, Cytek.
  • Experience in using robotic platforms to automate lab assays.
  • Proficiency in tools used in cytometry data processing and analysis.
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to follow relevant state-of-the-art techniques in the field.
  • Demonstrated experience in good communication and collaboration skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and willingness to work with human sample analysis.

Desirable:

  • Ability to drive scientific support projects together with a continuous development mindset.
  • Experience in project management and working in scientific environments supported by strong oral and written skills.

    How to apply?

    Please email the following documents to Prof. Adriana Tomic at atomic[at]bu.edu:

    • CV
    • List of publications and/or programming scripts demonstrating essential experience
    • Cover letter detailing how you meet each selection criterion detailed in the job description
    • Three letters of recommendation

    PhD students

    Multiple positions

    (wet and dry lab)

    Multiple PhD positions are available in Atomic Lab, in wet and dry lab.

      How to apply?

      Please email the following documents to Prof. Adriana Tomic at atomic[at]bu.edu:

      • CV
      • Letter of interest stating your ambitions and interest in our research

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