Postdoctoral Fellow – Emily Speranza Lab

Cleveland Clinic

Port Saint Lucie, FL

Job posting number: #7114286 (Ref:ccf16923434)

Posted: October 21, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Highly motivated individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD in relevant area are encouraged to apply. This training position, under the direct supervision of a Cleveland Clinic Principal Investigator will provide practical training and experience in a research setting. This position is appointed through the Lerner Research Institute. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to research, a collaborative work ethic and strong communication skills, both written and verbal. This program is expected to be completed within 5 years.

A post-doctoral position in experimental and computational sciences is available in the Speranza Lab at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute’s Florida Research and Innovation Center. The lab works to understand how barrier tissue sites function to stop the further dissemination of emerging RNA viruses. The lab uses cutting edge technologies in single-cell sequencing and highly multiplex immunohistochemistry combined with new computational tools to build models of how complex tissues respond and control virus replication. 

Ideal candidates will have a background in immunology, virology, or computational biology and a willingness to work in high containment laboratory settings. 

Please include CV, bibliography, contact for three references, and a statement of research interest in application. 

Principal Investigator: Emily Speranza, PhD

Department: Florida Research and Innovation Center

Lab Research Topics:

  • Tissue immunology to viral infection
  • Emerging RNA viruses
  • High-plex immunohistochemistry for spatial proteomics
  • Computational Biology
  • Parsing host-pathogen interactions at the meso scale

Job Responsibilities:

  • Independent project design with the goal of data generation, analysis, interpretation and manuscript preparation
  • Tissue imaging using confocol microscopy
  • Computational analysis of single-cell RNA data and/or spatial protein or RNA data
  • Virus progation, inoculations, titering, and isolation


  • PhD or MD/PhD required
  • MD with relevant laboratory experience may substitute for PhD


  • English Proficiency proof required for candidates arriving on J-1, J-2, or F1 + OPT visa status

Work Experience:

  • Previous experience in a research or academic setting.  Graduate student experience meets this requirement.
  • Scientific writing experience

Additional Preferred Qualities:

  • Experience in BSL-3 environment is beneficial but not required
  • Previous programing experience in R or python
  • Expertise in working with animals, and basic virology techniques
  • Good presentation and writing skills
  • Works well in a collaborative environment

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • PPE per institutional requirements; may vary by laboratory

Preferred Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Bibliography
  • Cover Letter stating research interests
  • Contact information for 3 references

Keywords: Postdoc, Research, LRI, FRIC, Arboviruses, SARS-CoV-2

By embracing and understanding the diversity EVERY ONE brings, Cleveland Clinic has created an inclusive culture that promotes innovation, growth, and new ideas. This has enhanced our ability to attract the best global talent to provide the best patient experience possible. Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. Smoke/drug free environment.

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Job posting number:#7114286 (Ref:ccf16923434)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Cleveland Clinic
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