Job Description. A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Tibbetts (University of Florida, College of Medicine) to study the molecular mechanisms by which oncogenic viruses induce tumors, with a particular emphasis on the function of noncoding RNAs in these processes. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV, HHV-8) are associated with multiple diseases in humans, including lymphomas, carcinomas, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. To define the mechanisms by which noncoding RNAs contribute to tumorigenesis, we utilize complementary in vitro and in vivo systems, including murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) infection of mice and EBV and/or KSHV infection of humanized mice. Work on this project will occur as part of a highly collaborative program project team, and will couple RNA biology studies, -omics analyses, and molecular mechanism studies with in vivo latency and tumorigenesis studies.
Skills required. Applicants with a strong background in virology, immunology, and/or cancer biology, are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional experience in RNA biology and/or bioinformatics is helpful but not necessary. Previous animal experience is preferred, but is not required. This position requires a high degree of self-motivation, a desire to work as a member of a highly collaborative group, and excellent English communication skills. The Tibbetts laboratory is affiliated with the UF Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, the UF Health Cancer Center, and the UF Genetics Institute. The laboratory is also a member of an exceptionally strong and highly interactive virology and cancer biology program, providing an outstanding environment for postdoctoral training. In addition to providing bench training, the lab provides a very strong training environment for developing writing and presenting skills, and members are strongly encouraged to write for fellowships and attend international meetings.
Applicants should include with their CV a short cover letter emphasizing previous training and primary areas of interest, and contact information for three references.
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