Postdoc in Human Immunology and the Microbiome

Studying early life immune and microbial development in preterm birth with the Halkias and Fragiadakis Labs

Position summary: The Halkias lab and the Fragiadakis lab at UCSF are studying host-microbe interactions that direct early life human immune development. We seek a highly motivated PhD or MD/PhD with a background in Immunology to study mechanisms of perinatal immune dysregulation and microbial dysbiosis. The postdoc will embed in the UCSF CoLabs and lead a funded ImmunoX Co-Project to interrogate the single-cell transcriptional and cellular immune response to perinatal inflammatory pathologies including preterm birth in a large bank of human samples.

We seek candidates who will foster a creative, inclusive, and collaborative environment. Members of underrepresented minority groups and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a competitive salary adjusted for cost of living. Preferred start date as soon as possible.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will embed in the UCSF Data Science CoLab and lead a funded Co-Project to study early life human immune responses and the microbiome in a large bank of human samples. The successful candidate will have broad experience with immunological methods and transcriptional data analysis, with an interest in team-based science and expanding their experimental and computational skillsets.


  • PhD or MD/PhD in immunology or microbiology, or related field
  • Extensive background in cell culture techniques is required
  • Experience with flow and/or mass cytometry required
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail are required, as are good interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required
  • Experience with next-generation and single-cell sequencing preferred
  • Strong track record of first-author publications preferred
  • Experience analyzing high-dimensional/ -omics data is a plus

Salary: We offer a competitive salary adjusted for cost of living

How to Apply:  

Please email CV and cover letter describing research background and interests to Dr. Joanna Halkias: [email protected] and Dr. Gabriela Fragiadakis: [email protected]