Postdoctoral Research Associate - Viruses in Cell Culture

University of Florida

  • Post Doctoral Position - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Postdoctoral Scholar in Insect Virology / Cell Culture

A postdoctoral position is available to work on the replication of hemipteran viruses in insect cell culture. A major challenge for insect virology has been the lack of cell lines suitable for virus replication in non-lepidopteran species. The goal of this project is to screen continuous hemipteran cell lines for the presence of latent viruses, generate virus-free cell lines, and assess the ability of these cell lines to support the replication of viruses derived from various species of Hemiptera (e.g. stink bugs, aphids, Asian citrus psyllid).


Responsibilities include 1) virus purification from infected insects, 2) analysis of latent viruses in established cell lines, 3) generating virus-free cell lines using RNAi, 4) testing of established hemipteran cell lines for their ability to support virus replication, and 5) testing of primary cell cultures for their ability to support virus replication. The position is available for 1 year with the potential for renewal.

How to Apply: Candidates should apply by emailing a single pdf file with “PD Application –Virus” in the subject line containing 1) a statement of research experience, interests and career goals, 2) curriculum vitae including complete publication list, 3) names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for three references to: Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, E-mail:

Review of applications will begin on Thursday, August 25th, 2022 and continue until the position has been filled.

Education Requirement:
PhD in entomology, virology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related area
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • - solid molecular biology skills
  • - research experience with virology
  • - experience with cell culture

Location: This position is based in the laboratory of Dr. Bryony C. Bonning, Eminent Scholar and Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology at University of Florida. The Bonning lab provides outstanding infrastructure for cutting-edge research and has a strong record of innovation and trainee placement within the agricultural biotechnology industry sector, USDA and academia.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Main Campus
Entomology & Nematology
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville , FL 32611
Bryony Bonning,