Cross-species transmission and viral evolution

University of Pennsylvania

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

We are seeking a creative and interactive individual to join our group as a postdoctoral fellow to play an integral role in growing our One Health research within the Wildlife Futures Program (WFP). The postdoctoral fellow will work on ongoing projects and help establish new studies on zoonotic diseases and viral evolution following cross-species transmissions. The primary projects the postdoc will contribute are: 1. SARS-CoV-2 evolution in wild and domestic animals, 2. West Nile Virus transmission and evolution within avian species, and 3. Turkey retrovirus transmission and evolution. The position will be collaborative with researchers in other departments and colleges and permit training across disciplines. The position will include the publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals and representing the Wildlife Futures Program at professional meetings and trainings. If desired there is the opportunity for mentorship of students, particularly summer veterinary students. The work will be conducted under the guidance of Drs. Roderick (Erick) Gagne and Julie Ellis. The position has funding for three years with a starting salary of $57,000. In addition, funding will be provided to support the postdoc traveling to academic conferences, workshops, or other career development opportunities. The start date is flexible with a potential immediate start through January 2023. 

The position is located at PennVet New Bolton Center in Chester County, PA. New Bolton Center is in the beautiful Brandywine Valley where there are many nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation and cultural attractions, including Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum of Art, vineyards, breweries, and a vibrant restaurant scene including downtown Kennett Square. In addition, the postdoc will be a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Home | Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs | Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ( The program emphasizes career and personal development and strives to provide the highest quality training in and outside of the labs. There will be opportunities for the postdoc to travel to Philadelphia (~35 miles) as well as remotely participate in programing provided by the program.


A Ph.D. in a related field is required. Expertise in generating and working with high-throughput viral sequencing data is preferred. Other experience in infectious disease will be considered. The ability to collaborate and clearly communicate written and verbal scientific objectives and project results to a broad audience (e.g., public, agency staff) is required. Above all else, the position requires someone committed to a safe, respectful, and diverse working environment.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Erick Gagne, Review of applications will be rolling, with invitations for the first round of interviews in October. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about this position.

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Wildlife Futures Program - New Bolton Center
382 W Street Rd,
Kennett Square , PA 19348
Erick Gagne,