Cancer Virology and Cancer Virus Discovery

University of Pittsburgh

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

We study the molecular biology of Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV or HHV8, PMID: 7997879) and Merkel cell polyomavirus (PMID: 18202256 ) discovered by our lab.  We also develop new technologies to discover new human cancer viruses.  We arefunded through an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award and a new R01, as well as foundational support.  Examples of ongoing studies in our lab includes:

KSHV and EBV encoded circular RNAs (circRNAs)   Toptan et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Sep 11;115(37):E8737-E8745 PMID: 30150410 

E3 ligase regulation of polyomavirus replication Kwun et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 May 16;114(20):E4040-E4047 PMID: 28461484

Cap-dependent translation regulation by viruses Shuda et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 May 12;112(19):5875-82  PMID: 25883264

Proteomic approaches for de novo virus discovery Rigatti et al. mSphere. 2016 Dec 21;1(6). pii: e00334-16 PMID: 28028546 and Dresang et al. BMC Genomics. 2011 Dec 20;12:625 PMID: 22185355

If you are an enthusiastic scientist having demonstrated skills in molecular biology, a strong sense of scientific rigor and an appetite for creative research, then this is an excellent position for you to study viruses in cancer.  Successful applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent, together with appropriate publications.  Required skills include experience in molecular biology and preferably molecular virology.  Although not required, a willingness to learn new techniques and technologies is essential,  such as NGS, transcriptomics, immunohistochemistry, RNA biology and animal handling.   Pay is based on the current NIH post-doctoral payscale (starting salarly, $50,000 which goes a long way in beautiful PGH) and benefits include University of Pittsburgh health insurance.  Exceptional candidates are eligible for the $60,000 Hillman Postdoctoral Fellowship, which includes a $10,000 educational benefit.

For more information, please send your CV and references to:  Patrick Moore ( and Yuan Chang (, University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Ave. Res Pav 1.9, Pittsburgh, PA USA 15213. 

University of Pittsburgh health insurance and postdoctoral benefits package
Education Requirement:
PhD, MD or equivalent
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • transcriptomics
  • proteomics
  • next gen sequencing
  • molecular biology
  • molecular virology
  • mouse handeling
  • pathogenesis
  • virology
  • genetics
University of Pittsburgh
Cancer Virology Program
5117 Centre Ave, Research Pavilion 1.8
Pittsburgh , PA 15213
Pat Moore, MD MPH