Postdoctoral position: Evolution and dynamics of antibody repertoires

A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Sarah Cobey at the University of Chicago. This is a full-time position for a duration of at least two years with a flexible start date. The broad aim of the research is to use computational and analytic approaches to investigate the evolution of antibody repertoires to pathogens such as influenza. The specific topic is flexible and will be developed jointly by the postdoctoral researcher and Cobey.

Research in the Cobey lab investigates ecological and evolutionary theory in the context of host-pathogen interactions. There are two major areas of focus: The first is inference of pathogen interactions, especially from time series data, to understand and predict the dynamics of pathogen communities. The second is the coevolution of pathogens and host adaptive immunity, including how the evolution of each might be shaped by vaccination.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated ability to perform high-quality scientific research, expertise in stochastic dynamical models or evolutionary inference, and interest in the evolution and ecology of host-pathogen interactions. There is an opportunity for close collaboration with the lab of Patrick Wilson, an experimental immunologist at the University of Chicago, as well as with outstanding research groups in the Department of Ecology & Evolution. A PhD in evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, ecology, statistics, applied math, computer science, physics, or a related field must be completed before starting.

Applicants should submit an application package that includes a cover letter, CV, relevant prior publications, and contact information for three references to cobey@uchicago.edu. For more information about the lab, please visit cobeylab.uchicago.edu.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.