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Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (Syphilis pathogenesis and immunology)

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Medicine, Allergy & Infectious Diseases

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (Syphilis pathogenesis and immunology)

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Position Description

The Giacani Lab, under the Department of Medicine, University of Washington, is focused on identifying vaccine candidates and immune mechanisms of protection against Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis. We perform detailed studies using specimens derived from the rabbit model of infection and human samples.  A major focus of the lab is also the study of syphilis pathogenesis, which can be now pursued more actively thanks to recent advancements in the field that allow to propagate this pathogen in vitro and genetically engineer it. Projects include:

  • Creating knock-out mutants or mutants expressing GFP-fusion proteins to study how ablation of putative virulence factors affect infectivity, and to study pathogen dissemination.
  • Testing vaccine candidates using the rabbit model of infection.
  • Evaluating in vivo and in vitro susceptibility to drugs of T. pallidum

The candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to one or more projects, learning advanced cellular and molecular immunology techniques, and become very familiar and proficient with the rabbit model of syphilis.

University of Washington faculty appointments have a 12-month service period of July 1 - June 30. This is a full-time position with an anticipated start period for Spring 2023 (April 1 - March 31). Funding is already available and there is possibility for yearly renewal up to three years dependent upon performance. Compensation is commensurate to post-doctoral work experience.

The base salary range for this position will be: $4,480 - $5,459 per month ($53,760 - $65,508 annually) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a lump sum relocation payment.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The Giacani Lab is located on the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center campus.


Ideal candidate must have a PhD degree (or foreign equivalent) in Immunology, Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of experience in laboratory-based research and/or modeling/simulation and have published several first author papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The work is highly collaborative, so excellent written and oral communication skills are required as is the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities with exceptional organizational and time management skills.


Please submit a CV and cover letter via Interfolio and do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Lorenzo Giacani at with any questions.

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