Postdoctoral Fellow - Viral Vaccine Development

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada .
full-time . September 13, 2023


The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research, is a world leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development for humans and animals. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, VIDO is home to one of the largest and most advanced containment level 3 facilities in the world. To strengthen the preparedness for emerging infectious diseases we are currently expanding our infrastructure to include containment level 4 capacity, a GMP vaccine manufacturing facility, and a new animal housing facility. Our vision includes having the capacity to study any emerging disease in any animal model embracing a One Health approach to prevent emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals.
Summary of Position:
Porcine epidemic diarrhea caused by PEDV is a devastating disease for newborn piglets. We are developing vaccines for immunizing sows that can transfer protective immunity to piglets against virus challenge. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on vaccine antigen discovery and purification, vaccine formulation including adjuvant selection, immune response evaluation, and PEDV propagation and quantification.   
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in the past three years in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or another related discipline. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in virology, immunology, and/or vaccinology. Hands-on experience with molecular techniques, virus research, and animal experiments are necessary. Must be a team player with excellent oral and written communication skills. Effective organizational, and time management skills are required.
Location: University of Saskatchewan Campus, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Principle Investigator: Dr. Qiang Liu, Viral Vaccine Development Program, VIDO
Financial Support: This project is funded by Agriculture Development Fund for up to a 3-year term. Salary will follow the university standard for a post-doctoral researcher and will be commensurate with experience.
Conditions: The successful candidate will be required to undergo and clear a reliability status screening assessment, background check, and criminal record check as a condition of employment. Candidates must be fluent in written and oral English communication.
How to Apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit their application in one single application document (pdf file), including a statement of research interest, a complete curriculum vitae (CV), and contact information for three references online.
Review of applications will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
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