Investigator - Immunology

Job Locations US-WI-Wauwatosa
Research and Development
Position Type
Full Time


Versiti is a fusion of donors, scientific curiosity, and precision medicine that recognize the gifts of blood and life are precious. We are home to the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, we enable life saving gifts from our donors, and provide the science behind the medicine through our diagnostic laboratories. Versiti brings together outstanding minds with unparalleled experience in transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, oncology and genomics, diagnostic lab services, and medical and scientific expertise. This combination of skill and knowledge results in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for hospitals, blood centers, hospital systems, research and educational institutions, and other health care providers. At Versiti, we are passionate about improving the lives of patients and helping our healthcare partners thrive.

Position Summary

Exciting Opportunities in Immunology Research

The Versiti Blood Research Institute (VBRI) is seeking to recruit independent investigators at a level equivalent to Assistant, Associate Professor or Professor in Immunology.

Immunology Faculty Positions

VBRI is seeking innovative researchers who can drive vigorous independent research. Strong candidates in all areas of immunology, particularly in the areas of autoimmunity, lymphocyte biology, innate immunity and cellular therapies are encouraged to apply. Our collaborative team of immunologists includes experts in areas such as autoimmunity, B, T and NK cell biology, and immune regulation.

Why Join the Versiti Blood Research Institute?

The VBRI is part of Versiti, a not-for-profit organization focused on all aspects of hematology, including diagnostic testing, supply of blood products, and leading-edge basic, clinical  and translational research. The VBRI currently houses 25 principal investigators grouped in 4 research programs (Thrombosis, Hemostasis, Vascular Biology; Hematopoiesis; Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapy; Immunobiology). A a significant expansion of research capacity is underway, with plans to add 18 new PIs over a 5–7-year period. Designs for a state-of-the-art new 60,000 – 80,000 ft2 research building are near completion, with ground breaking anticipated for early 2024. Upgrading and renovation of existing research space is in progress. Located on the Milwaukee Reginal Medical Campus, the VBRI entertains extensive collaborations with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Froedtert Hospital. VBRI researchers have access to graduate students, but are free of formal teaching obligations. The VBRI is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body. Our Immunology Program is renowned for its collaborative environment, state-of-the-art facilities, and unwavering commitment to improving lives through groundbreaking immunological research. VBRI faculty typically hold an appointment at MCW, including clinical departments, to facilitate basic and translational research, aided by membership in the Center for Immunology and Cancer Center.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking to recruit faculty with an M.D., Ph.D., or an equivalent doctoral degree. Successful candidates will have a track record of creativity and productivity, a desire to integrate into our dynamic, collaborative, and rapidly expanding research community, and a commitment to our core values of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Successful candidates are expected to develop a productive and innovative research program, obtain extramural funding, and participate actively in education, training, and mentorship.

How do you apply?

Qualified applicants should submit a single pdf containing a cover letter, CV, summary of research accomplishments and future research plans (four pages maximum), along with names and contact information for up to four references to be sent to Demin Wang, PhD, Chair of the Immunology Search Committee, at Versiti is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, and strongly encourages applications from individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Versiti is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. Scan the QR code for more information.

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  • Defines and implements a fundable research program.
  • Obtains funding from sources outside of the BCW.
  • Holds a faculty appointment at the Associate Professor Level at a local University/Medical School.
  • Maintains an active scientific publications record.
  • Contributes to growth and viability of BCW Science and Technology programs.
  • Mentors pre/post doctoral Fellows and Research Scientists.
  • Has supervisory and management responsibilities within the laboratory group.
  • Trains, directs, and mentors staff within the laboratory group.
  • Directs laboratory and Research Staff Meetings.
  • Adheres to BCW, Bio-safety, NRC and OSHA procedures and regulations.
  • Grant administration and budget responsibilities
  • May prepare and/or authorize requisitions for ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards




  • M.D required
  • PhD required
  • or equivalent degree (e.g., D.Sc.) required


  • Established track record of scientific accomplishment, as evidenced by consistent, high-quality contributions to the scientific literature required
  • Demonstrated success in sustaining extramural funding to support a majority of his/her research program required
  • Recognized impact on his/her scientific field, as evidenced by invitations to speak at University seminars, national and international scientific meetings, and symposia required
  • Participation in peer review of grants and manuscripts required
  • History of successful mentoring of post-doctoral fellows and/or graduate students required
  • Eligible to hold a University faculty appointment at the level of Associate Professor required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective collaborations with scientific colleagues to further research goals. required
  • Demonstrated ability to independently apply understanding of scientific theory to the structure and execution of research experiments. required
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and explain the theoretical basis of the work performed. required
  • Immediate proficiency in basic and sophisticated tests and procedures required in the scientific field. required
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills. required
  • Strong detail orientation and analytical ability. required
  • Excellent problem solving skills. required
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and meet deadlines. required
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate and plan the work of several individuals involved in a project. required
  • Computer literate with an emphasis on graphics, graphing, data management, and statistical applications. required

Tools and Technology

  • Specialized research laboratory equipment required
  • Personal computer required


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