Description: Two post-doctoral positions are available to study the ecology and evolution of wildlife viruses. The fellows will join a new lab (the Anthony Lab) within the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, and will contribute to the core mission of the group to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes shape the zoonotic potential and emergence of wildlife viruses, in particular coronaviruses and filoviruses. Using experimental approaches, the fellows will study the molecular determinants of key zoonotic traits (e.g., cell entry; innate immunity) and the mechanisms by which these traits are altered (e.g., recombination). Experiments will be carried out in biosafety level (BSL) 2 and BSL-3 laboratories.
Ongoing research topics in the lab include: Genetic and ecological drivers of recombination in coronaviruses; Co-evolution of virus and host genes; determinants of viral community assembly and maintenance; viral discovery and surveillance in bats; ecology and zoonotic potential of Bombali virus.
Responsibilities: The fellows will conduct studies that address ecological and evolutionary questions using molecular-, cellular-, and immunologically-based techniques. The fellows will write papers and contribute to grant development, and will present at seminars and journal clubs. They will also help students and other fellows in their own studies to advance the mission of the entire group.
Required Qualifications: A PhD or equivalent in virology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or some related field. Significant experience with virological and molecular techniques, including cell and virus culture, growth assays, virus purification, reverse genetics systems, cloning, immunoblotting, and luciferase assays. Strong writing skills. Self-driven but with a team spirit. Excellent communication skills. Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.
Preferred Qualifications: Good understanding of ecological and evolutionary principles. Experience working under containment (BSL3). Competence with prism, R, and sequence analysis software. Some experience with protein modeling and molecular biophysics would be a plus (but not required).
If you feel that you do not meet all of the criteria listed above, but can still make strong experimental contributions to the study of virus evolution, please apply!