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Available Positions

Are you comfortable with the thought of being one student or postdoc out of dozens competing for funding and publications on almost identical projects in the same field? Do you hope for a project that is a simple follow-up to the same boring pathways you studied in undergrad? Are you satisfied with answering easy questions?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, we are happy to refer you to other labs that are interested in this type of personnel.


Do you want to be part of a small group working to understand the development of the immune system and immune responses to diverse conditions like radiation sickness, cancer, and infectious disease?


Are you interested in how some of the most abundant but overlooked signaling molecules are also some of the most powerful immune regulators?

Then we would like to hear from you! We're always looking for new group members that have a love for science and the perseverance and determination to go beyond the ordinary. You'll have the chance to help formulate questions, design the studies to address them, and discover answers that will develop and target new therapies directed at a unique lipid signaling  system that can affect all mammalian body systems.

Postdoctoral Associate

Those applying for a Postdoctoral Associate position must have a Ph.D., M.D., or M.D., Ph.D. in biological sciences, pathology, biochemistry, or similar subject. An ideal candidate will have working experience with respectful and skilled mouse handling or be eager to learn, since all lab members are required to show respect to the animals and to each other at all times..

Successful candidates will have the rare opportunity of being a foundational member of a new and growing team with access to state-of-the-art technologies, one-on-one mentorship, and the highly collaborative and energetic environment of SBP and the Torrey Pines Mesa. The position is fully funded by the NIH, but Postdoctoral Associates will be expected to work with Dr. Blaho to identify potential projects and funding organizations to target for fellowship opportunities, including our T32 program: Frontiers in Immunology.

Interested candidates should email their CV, a description of their research interests/goals, and reference contact information to Victoria ( and apply through the SBP Career Portal.

Graduate Students

The amount of time it takes a student to complete a PhD in the life sciences frequently extends to six years or more. Part of this may be due to required laboratory rotations in the first year of study before joining a lab and beginning their thesis project. The SBP Graduate School of Biological Sciences has a unique "admit to fit" admissions program, where a student is admitted directly to a specific laboratory without doing rotations. If you're interested in joining our laboratory as a PhD student, please contact Victoria ( and include a cover letter describing your research interests/goals, your CV/resumé, and a copy of your academic transcript.

Work Study/Internships

Internships allow a hands-on experience for experimental learning and scientific training. Individuals are eligible for an internship at SBP if they are over 18 years old, have at least a 3.2 GPA, and are qualified to receive school credit or are sponsored by an external organization. Internships are unpaid positions.

Work study placement for the 2021-22 year will begin in September 2021.

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