Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral positions available for highly motivated candidates interested in microbial pathogenesis in Dr. Joseph Vogel’s laboratory in the Dept. of Molecular Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO ( The Vogel laboratory studies the structure and function of the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system (T4SS) of the bacterial pathogen Legionella pneumophila. This fascinating specialized secretion system is used to translocate over 300 effectors into host cells. Details about the lab, including on-going research projects and recent publications, can be found at

Potential projects involve (1) polar localization of the Legionella Dot/Icm T4SS, (2) chaperone-mediated export of Dot/Icm substrates, and (3) structural characterization of the Dot/Icm T4SS by X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy (EM).

Successful candidates will have a recent Ph.D. in microbiology, cell biology, or structural biology. Interested candidates should send an application packet, including all of the following as a single PDF file, by email to Dr. Joseph Vogel (

  1. Cover letter indicating current/future research interests and long term plans
  2. Expected starting date
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages)
  5. Names and contact information for 3 references