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A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Geballe Lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Geballe Laboratory studies the roles, mechanisms and evolution of antagonism of host cell defenses during infections by large DNA viruses, especially herpesviruses and and vaccinia virus. Additional project focus on control of gene expression at the translational level.
The postdoctoral scientist will initially join in ongoing projects focusing either on foreign nucleic acids sensors and viral genes that inhibit these sensors or on translational control of viral gene expression. Later, they will be expected to develop a new independent project within general area of host viral interactions and mechanisms and evolution of viral antagonism of host defenses.
Fred Hutch has more than 200 postdoctoral fellows working in labs across all five research divisions. We provide postdocs with the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of biomedical research in a supportive, collaborative environment with faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping their trainees achieve their career goals. In addition, both the Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee and the Office of Scientific Career Development offer diverse mentoring and career development opportunities.
Scope of responsibilities:
Applicant will design, conduct, analyze and report original experiments probing the mechanisms and evolution of viral antagonists of host defense systems or the regulation of translation by viruses. This position is funded for at least 2 years but with the possibility of additional years, depending on success in obtaining independent funding.
Design, conduct, interpret experiments focusing on the molecular biology and virology of virus-host interactions
Experiments require work with BSL2 viruses, so must be able to work carefully and comply with biosafety regulations
Participate in group meetings including presentations several times each year
Prepare publications results from the experiments
Assist in maintaining general operations of the laboratory
Aid in mentoring junior scientists
Apply for postdoctoral grants
Highlymotivated and careful scientist who is able to work independently as well as part of a team
PhD with experience in virology, including studies of host defenses, and molecular biology. Experience in biochemistry, computational methods, and translational control mechanisms would be advantageous.
Experience with BSL2 containment methods
Familiarity with intrinsic host defense systems such as the interferon pathway
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
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