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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

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar with interests in syphilis pathogenesis and immunology to join the Giacani Lab at the University of Washington, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. The Giacani Lab 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 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 proficient with the rabbit model of syphilis.

The candidate’s day will be split between benchwork to generate data, and computer work to generate reports, keep records, write manuscripts, prepare presentations, etc,). This position does not contemplate remote work.

The Giacani Lab is located on the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center campus. Dr. Giacani is supported by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Open Philanthropy. 

This is a full-time position with a 12 months service period with the possibility for yearly renewal dependent upon performance and continued funding. The base salary range for this position will be: $68,460 - $74,106 annually ($5,705 - $6,176 per month) commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. We anticipate that position will begin in Spring 2024.

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 successful candidate must have a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in Microbiology, Pathobiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or related fields. The ideal candidate will have post-graduation experience in pre-clinical research and have published (or under review) several 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 names of 3 references, CV, and cover letter addressed to Dr. Lorenzo Giacani via Interfolio. If you have any questions please contact

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