The Aliota laboratory at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary medicine is seeking a postdoc to help lead multidisciplinary projects in RNA virus evolution, transmission, pathogenesis, and therapeutic development. The candidate for this position will primarily work on projects related to pathogenesis and therapeutic development (50% time) but will have opportunities to work on other interesting projects that may emerge (~20%). The position is available as early as June 2022 and is supported by 5 years of NIH funding.
The successful applicant will also assist with laboratory management duties, such as managing/training students and personnel (~10% time); writing papers and giving scientific presentations (10%); and assisting with grant writing (~5% time). The position will involve close collaboration with other research teams at the University of Minnesota and beyond. Duties will include sharing of research findings with these collaborators (~5% time). Excellent written and oral communication skills are therefore essential.
PhD in microbiology, virology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cellular biology, immunology or related field.
The successful applicant should have a deep-seated interest in RNA virology, be an excellent communicator, and have a strong desire to learn about and apply new technologies and data analysis.
Biological safety level (BSL) 3 laboratory certification; certification for working with blood-borne pathogens. Both may be acquired upon hire.
Must be highly dependable, diligent, well-organized, and willing to work both independently and collaboratively.
Experience with testing antiviral compounds in cell culture and/or small animal models.
Experience with virus sequencing methods and platforms.
Experience in laboratory animal techniques.
Demonstrated ability to analyze large datasets and familiarity with programming languages like R and Python are strongly preferred.
This position is NIH-funded, so the position has support for at least 5 years. Applying for outside fellowships is encouraged, but not required.
The position will remain open until filled, and the start date is anytime between June and December 2022.