University of Massachusetts Medical School Post Doctoral Associate in Worcester, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral position in applied developmental immunology

We seek a talented and motivated postdoc to join our team in Program in Molecular Medicine and Diabetes Center Of Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The dynamic and collaborative Maehr lab is embedded in a vibrant and cutting edge research environment. We apply pluripotent stem cell, developmental, immunological, and genomic approaches to further our understanding of human immune syndromes such as autoimmunity and immuno-deficiencies.

Open positions

We are interested in expanding our team to further our efforts on directing human pluripotent stem cells to functional thymic cells. Projects will include discovery-based research on signals and pathways guiding human stem cell-derived thymic epithelial cell maturation, investigation of human thymic organoids, and functional genomics assessment of immunological tolerance.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should have a PhD in biomedical sciences with a strong background in stem cell biology, bioengineering, and/or functional genomics. Hands-on experience with human pluripotent stem cells as well as excellent knowledge of CRISPR-based technologies is desired. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced research environment, ability to multitask, and detail oriented data analysis are required. Strong writing, verbal and interpersonal skills are necessary.

Our lab is multicultural and supports personal development and work-life balance. Attractive salary and benefits are available based upon relative working experience. Worcester is located an hour away from Boston and offers a good quality of life with plenty or nearby outdoor activities. For more information on the Maehr Lab we invite you to visit our website:

Required skills

  • PhD degree in biomedical sciences

  • track record in pluripotent stem cell biology, functional genomics or bioengineering with at least two first author publications

  • hands-on experience with cell culture

  • excellent knowledge of molecular biology and immunology

  • fluently speak and write English

    Preferred skills

  • hands-on experience with CRISPR-based technologies

  • experienced in next generation sequencing

  • experienced in developmental biology

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references as a single pdf file to René Maehr at rene(dot)maehr(at)umassmed(dot)edu or

Working Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Requisition Number: 2017-29116

Shift: Day

Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Exempt

Union Code: Non Union Position-W63-Residents/Post Docs

External Company Name: University of Massachusetts Medical School

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UMass Medical School is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and those with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to consider UMass Medical School as their employer of choice.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.