Fellow - PhD, Research – Viral-Host Cell Interactions

Job ID 2021-40235
Area of Interest
Research & Development
Location Name
Jack R MacDonald Building
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Immunity & Immunotherapies
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province


About Torbett Lab and projects


The laboratory of Dr. Bruce E. Torbett (www.torbettlab.org) is looking for a Senior Post Doctoral Fellow to work on projects related to the Structural and Biophysical Interactions of HIV Gag/Gag-Pol polyproteins with their host cell proteins during viral trafficking and assembly. This work aims to investigate how HIV co-opts cellular host machinery during active infection and identify the composition, dynamics, and function of novel host-viral interfaces that can be modulated for new therapeutic strategies. This work involves studies utilizing proximity labeling and quantitative proteomics, along with biochemical and virological validation of candidate cellular factors using CRISPR/Cas9 knockouts and confocal imaging techniques. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field with documented experience (work or academic) in Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics to identify host-factors of microbial infections, along with experience in target validation using relevant in vivo and in vitro assays.


The group works as a highly dynamic and interactive team and is part of the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies (CIIT) of Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI). Our studies are funded through a number of grants from the NIH (including the flagship HIVE Center). You will have the opportunity to interact and form collaborations with CIIT, SCRI and HIVE Center Investigators, as well as with collaborators throughout the Seattle area (University of Washington, Fred Hutch)


Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Torbett Lab offer competitive salaries,  relocation assistance (if/as applicable), in addition to eligibility to a competitive benefits package as a full time employee


About the Position

    • Develop scientific skills as appropriate for this training position as a postdoctoral fellow
    • Meet with Principal Investigator on a regular basis to discuss proposed/ongoing studies, discuss implications of findings, and provide insights into new research directions
    • Run research projects in an independent manner with oversight from Principal Investigator
    • Write manuscripts, present data at national and international conferences
    • Assist PI in writing progress reports, grant proposals, protocols as relevant to the postdoctoral fellow training
    • Protocol development and review
    • Excellent communication and writing skills
    • Develop additional scientific skills as appropriate and carry out research/development activities of assigned research projects. 
    • Ability to learn and apply new technologies and skills




Ph.D. in Biochemistry or related field


Related work experience must include the following:

- Experience in Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics to identify host-factors of microbial infections

- Experience in target validation using relevant in vivo and in vitro assays (eg. Gene targeting with CRISPR/Cas9)

- Cell culture (adherent/suspension cell lines)

- Fluorescence Microscopy

- Various methods of protein isolation, labelling, qualification, and quantification

- Bioconjugation and/or chemical biology


Preferred Qualifications:

- Working knowledge of high-throughput screening technologies

- Immunoassays (such as p24 ELISA)

- Knowledge of Structural Biology

- Confocal Microscopy

- Knowledge of Bioinformatics as it pertains to analysis of proteomics datasets

- Protein Chemistry and Chemical Biology

- Protein engineering



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