Join Our Lab to Advance our mRNA Vaccine Program

Posted on November 18,


The Li lab in the RNA Therapeutics Institute at UMass Chan Medical School focuses on developing new technologies to advance mRNA therapeutics. We are seeking a highly motivated, creative, and independent individual to join our lab to advance our mRNA vaccine program. Research will include developing mRNA vaccines based on several validated antigens and developing immunological assays to evaluate antigen responses. The successful candidate should be outstanding at benchwork, a collaborative team member, and an excellent communicator.

Job responsibilities

  • Prepare nucleoside-modified and FPLC-purified mRNAs.
  • Formulate mRNAs in lipid nanoparticles.
  • Perform quality control experiments to characterize mRNAs and lipid nanoparticles.
  • Develop immunological assays to evaluate antigen responses.
  • Coordinate with Dr. Sanjay Ram’s team to design experiments to characterize the expression of mRNAs in vitro and in vivo.
  • Interpret, summarize, and present results at group meetings.


  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or a related field.
  • Strong expertise in molecular biology.
  • Strong background in either RNA biochemistry or immunology.
  • The ability to focus and concentrate on a particular problem to yield penetrating insights and ultimately new discoveries.
  • Passionate about mRNA technology. Has a can-do attitude without losing objectivity.
  • A strong publication record and excellent communication skills.

What we can offer you?

  • An individual and well-structured introduction and training when you onboard
  • A strong support and mentoring to help your career and personal development, including fellowship application and academic/industry job search.
  • A collaborative and resourceful lab and departmental environment.
  • A competitive salary and social benefits aligned with your qualifications. 

To apply:
Please send cover letter, current CV, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Li Li, PhD
Assistant professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
[email protected] 

Sanjay Ram, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and Immunology
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
[email protected]