Call for Postdoctoral Fellows at The Mayo Clinic

August 19, 2022 – Rochester, MN – The Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group has several positions open for Postdoctoral Fellows committed to developing an academic career in immunology and vaccinology.

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Kennedy and Dr. Gregory Poland this position will work in a laboratory that uses state of the art molecular, immunologic, and omics approaches to study immune responses to viral vaccines. The Vaccine Research Group has multiple NIH-funded projects and CDC contracts and offers an extraordinary team-based science environment with multiple opportunities for education, training, and career development. Mayo Clinic provides world-class clinical research facilities to support clinical, translational, and basic research activities.

Projects include:

  • Evaluating genetic and other factors controlling the development of immunologic memory and waning immunity to measles and mumps following MMR vaccination
  • Using systems biology approaches to evaluate both humoral and cellular immune responses to influenza vaccines
  • Assessing the effects of age and immunosenescence on vaccine responses
  • Developing a peptide-based vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. The peptide-based vaccine project will be followed by the development of additional vaccines against zika, chikungunya, smallpox, monkeypox, and other viral diseases

Candidates should indicate in their cover letter which project(s) they are qualified for and interested in. Successful candidates will have:

  • A significant record of research accomplishment
  • excellent attention to detail
  • the ability to work independently
  • scientific writing skills
  • communication and organizational skills
  • Experience working with high-dimensional, high-throughput omics assays, single cell RNA-Seq, functional/mechanistic assessment of genetic variants, and/or flow/mass cytometry is a plus.

Those interested in the position should submit their CV, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of research accomplishments and career goals to the online system and by e-mail to:

For more information about our research group, please visit our website. To learn more about Dr. Kennedy’s research, please visit his faculty profile at Dr. Richard B. Kennedy or Dr. Gregory Poland.

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic.

The following is required for completeness of application:

  • Current curriculum vitae with bibliography
  • Proof of doctoral degree (copy of diploma or final transcript with English translation, if applicable) or a letter from your university’s Registrar office indicating you have fulfilled all doctoral program requirements and are eligible to graduate