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ID#:2215869    Posted: 28 Dec 2011
Postdoctoral Fellow -- Ragon Institute
Type of Position: Full-time   
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Deadline: 1 Jan 2038
The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
The Ragon Institute was officially established in February 2009 at MGH, MIT and Harvard with a dual mission: to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and subsequently to establish itself as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology. Founded with a commitment of $100 million from Mr. and Mrs. Ragon, the institute is structured and positioned to significantly contribute to a global effort to successfully develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine by: Creating non-traditional partnerships among experts with different but complementary backgrounds (e.g., engineers, basic immunologists, computational biologists, immunogeneticists, clinicians)   Providing a means for rapidly funding promising studies (e.g., elite controllers, innovative viral vectors) and emerging concepts in the field (e.g., innate immune system memory);   Integrating key facets of current vaccine development efforts that have tended to follow separate tracks (e.g., seeking a combined antibody and T-cell solution)   Providing a substantial pool of accessible, flexible funding that will help lower the threshold for scientists to pursue risky, unconventional avenues of study that are unlikely to attract funding from traditional sources. Such funding will encourage innovation, compress the time it takes to conduct bench-to-bedside research and attract new minds to the field. The Institute creates a singular opportunity and environment to engage scientists, engineers and clinicians in challenging research for which there may be no greater benefit – saving lives and curing the ill.
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Job description:

The Kwon Laboratory at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston ( has an opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to study immune responses against HIV occurring in mucosal tissues.  The person hired will work under the supervision of Dr. Kwon conducting patient-oriented translational research characterizing a unique set of individuals called “HIV controllers”- people who are able to control their HIV infection in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. It will involve cutting-edge technologies including novel single cell assays, next generation sequencing, intravital microscopy and transcriptional profiling to characterize HIV-specific mucosal immune responses that help to control and prevent HIV infection.

Candidates will have ample opportunities to acquire and develop new skills, work closely with the PI and collaborators, and communicate results to the scientific community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications while working in a supportive, highly collaborative, and energetic environment.


Requirements: A Ph.D. and/or M.D. with relevant experience in cellular and mucosal immunology, immunohistology, molecular biology, microscopy, transcriptional profiling, and/or next generation sequencing is desirable. Candidates must be highly motivated and independent, with the ability to work in a dynamic team environment. State-of-the-art facilities are available within an exceptionally energetic research setting.


Application information: The position is open immediately. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and references to Dr. Doug Kwon at