Postdoc opportunity

August 1, 2020

Nathan Grubaugh, Anne Wyllie, and Dan Weinberger at the Yale School of Public Health are hiring a joint postdoc to develop COVID-19 testing strategies and uncover the impacts of respiratory pathogen co-infections. Since the start of the pandemic, this team has authored more than 20 COVID-19 manuscripts and has been at the forefront of developing saliva-based diagnostics. Their current research combines molecular biology, clinical research, and mathematical modeling to design new diagnostic approaches and track pathogen transmission. This postdoc would lead several new projects that are critical for our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and work directly with partners across the country (including the National Basketball Association).

Job description:

  • Validate saliva for asymptomatic detection of SARS-CoV-2 detection in adults and children
  • Validate pooled testing for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance
  • Work with industry partners to validate automated approaches for testing
  • Design and validate point-of-care molecular assay for SARS-CoV-2
  • Seek FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the above activities
  • Test saliva for co-infection of SARS-CoV-2, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and/or other respiratory pathogens
  • Prepare detailed protocols, presentations, and manuscripts to share data with other scientists and public health agencies
  • Co-lead large interdisciplinary collaborations to advance SARS-CoV-2 surveillance 

Job requirements:

  • PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, or relevant field
  • BSL2+ training, experience working with clinical samples
  • Experience with pathogen (virus/bacteria) molecular diagnostics
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Must be highly dependable, diligent, well-organized, and willing to work both independently and collaboratively

The position will remain open until the job is filled, and the start date is immediately.

Interested in joining our team? Email your CV, 1 page cover letter, and the contact info for 3 references; or questions to