The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is seeking a fixed-term Research Assistant Professor to work in the laboratory of Dr. Yong-Hui Zheng to research host interactions with human coronaviruses, influenza viruses, retroviruses, and Ebolaviruses. The successful candidate will investigate host factors that have broad antiviral activities by targeting class I fusion proteins that are expressed from HIV-1, influenza viruses, Ebola viruses, and SARS-CoV-2. This will aid in the design of new therapeutics and vaccines and help to alleviate the severe public health burdens associated with these highly pathogenic human viruses. The laboratory employs a wide range of techniques, from proteomics, CRISPR/Cas9, and RNA-Seq to virus infection of relevant animal cells. The duties/responsibilities of this position include developing and driving research objectives, analyzing research and preparing written reports for presentation and publication, assisting in the supervision of student research projects and seeking independent external funding in areas related to the research mission.
This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
The qualified applicant will have 3-5 years of postdoctoral training in virology with a track record of publications.
Applicants should have a PhD in Molecular Biology, Virology/Immunology, Biochemistry or a closely related field. Prior experience in techniques for molecular virology of RNA viruses and protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions, is an advantage. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, coupled with excellent communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, and an enthusiasm for scientific research, are desired.
Required Application Materials
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references.
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Summary of Health Risks
Health risks that may be associated with this position include working with BSL-2 and BSL-3 pathogens after receiving EHS trainings and certificates.
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