We are looking for someone that is excited and enthusiastic about scientific research, and thinks deeply and creatively about their project. The ideal candidate will also like working in a team and contributing to the group environment. PhD in a biological subject (or equivalent evidence of expertise in biology, such as previous postdoctoral training) required. Expertise in mouse work, bioinformatics, immunology, or virology a plus, but not required. Salary and position level will be commensurate with experience.
We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to carry out independent research in virology and virus-host interactions in the Gaglia laboratory. Multiple potential projects are available, and we welcome candidates to bring their own ideas. In addition to the research itself, the fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills needed to run an independent group in academia or industry. This will include writing papers, fellowship application, and grants, mentoring junior researchers in the laboratory, and presenting their work orally at conferences and workshops.
Science in the Gaglia lab: Our goal is to link the molecular events during viral infection and the molecular function of viral proteins to modulation of viral disease severity. We are fascinated by how viruses rely on a small number of proteins to redirect host pathways and cause large changes in the physiology of cells and organisms. We are particularly interested in how virus-cell interactions modulate anti-viral innate immune responses, as innate immune responses have a crucial and dualistic role on outcome of infection. They can act as a barrier for the virus, reducing viral replication and disease. However, they can also become pathogenic, especially if they are hyper-activated or misdirected. We work on these molecular puzzles using a range of molecular and cellular biology techniques and are now moving into animal studies. For more information on recent and current work, please refer to the lab website (gaglialab.mmi.wisc.edu) and check out our recent manuscripts in Biorvix (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.07.08.499385v2) and mBio (https://journals.asm.org/doi/full/10.1128/mbio.02446-22).
Gaglia lab values: We are a growing and highly collaborative team. We strive to provide a supportive and fun environment in which to carry out research that makes meaningful contributions to our fundamental understanding of infectious agents. We are committed to personal and professional growth - learning new concepts and techniques, growing skills in science communication, and developing a sustainable work-life balance. We value open and authentic communication, respect, and integrity. We welcome people from all walks of life.
Larger community: We are part of a rich and stimulating scientific community that includes many virology laboratories. We closely interact with other members of the Institute for Molecular Virology, as well as other virology groups in departments of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Oncology. We also have collaborations with other laboratories outside of University of Wisconsin Madison.
Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing your interest in the laboratory. If you do not have publications or preprints out yet, please also include any manuscript in preparations. Email your documents to Marta Gaglia at Marta.Gaglia@wisc.edu. Thank you for applying!