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Posted: 15 Nov 2011
Immune Disorders Division Director
Type of Position: Full-time   
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Deadline: 1 Jan 2038
The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI-FL)
VGTI-FL researchers are studying the human immune system with the goal of preventing and treating infectious diseases, cancer and ailments that disproportionately affect ageing populations. To quote our mission statement “VGTI-FL is Translating Research into Health”.  Research at VGTI-FL is focused on developing new vaccines and treatments to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, melanoma, breast and prostate cancer as well as emerging diseases such as yellow fever and dengue fever.  The researchers at the institute aim to identify the mechanisms that allow some individuals to control infections or cancers leading to a slowly progressing disease or in some cases to a remission or a cure while others develop symptoms, aggressive disease and death.  An efficient immune response to pathogens and / or tumors involves the highly orchestrated interaction of multiple cells and molecules.   VGTI-FL has assembled a research team of scientists from over 20 nations who are now working at the facility in Port St. Lucie daily in the quest for finding novel cures and treatments to these once considered “incurable” diseases.  Researchers at VGTI-FL have collaborations with research and clinical partners throughout the state of Florida as well as with partners across the globe.
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The Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI-FL) is seeking to recruit outstanding Cancer Immunologists to direct the Cancer Immunobiology Division at the institute. Candidates are expected to establish and direct a vigorous clinical research immunology program in the Division of Cancer Immunobiology and recruit an additional five Principal Investigators. VGTI-FL is one of the internationally acclaimed research institutes invited to locate to Florida as part of a State-sponsored initiative to enhance biomedical research in Florida.  Research at VGTI-FL focuses on Global Health initiatives utilizing systems biology approaches to study the human innate and adaptive immune response to infectious diseases and cancer. 

Research themes of VGTI-FL include: 

  • HIV-1 and emerging infectious pathogens
  • Vaccine development and adjuvants 
  • Cancer Immunology 
  • Ageing and the immune response 

Successful candidates (M.D. and/or Ph.D.) will have an established extramurally funded research program and a strong publication record in Cancer Immunology. The position offers highly competitive salary and startup packages, with access to state-of­-the-art Genomics, Bioinformatics and Flow Cytometry core facilities as well as BSL3/ ABSL3 containment facilities within the institute. For more information, including a description of the research interests, please visit:

Qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a 3-page description of their proposed research program and the names/contact information of three references.

All applicants must register their interest at the link


To submit your expanded curriculum vitaes and publications and additional materials you would like the committee to evaluate please email  or mail to:

Search Committee: C/O Jill Hacket 
Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute Florida
11350 SW Village Pkwy 3rd Floor 
Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 

Review of applications will commence November 1, 2011 and continue until the positions are filled. 

VGTI is an EEO/AAP Institution committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.