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Our laboratory has a postdoctoral position available to study the interaction of intracellular bacterial pathogens with the mammalian innate immune systems. Our lab is interested in understanding interferon-primed cell-autonomous immunity and the corresponding microbial counter-immune strategies. In order to unravel the complexities of these types of host-pathogen interactions, we apply functional genomics approaches to identify novel host genes required for innate immune responses, bacterial genetics to identify key bacterial genes involved in triggering or evading host immunity, cell biological and biochemical approaches to define molecular mechanisms and genetically engineered mouse models to probe for physiological relevance of these interactions.

The Coers lab is part of the vibrant research environment within the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (, Immunology ( and the Center for Host-Microbial Interactions ( at Duke University. The university is located in Durham within the Research Triangle, a thriving scientific community in North Carolina. The Research Triangle Park is one of the most prominent high-tech research and development parks in the US and home to more than 200 companies in the sectors of microelectronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and environmental sciences.  Durham offers affordable living in an urban setting.  With plenty of museums, restaurants (“The South’s Tastiest Town”), lots of music and performing arts, and abundant green space, it is one of the most desirable places to work and live in the US.



We are seeking highly motivated, recent PhDs with expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and/or microbiology.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Applicants must apply online to be considered for the position.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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