Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virus-Host Interaction of Alphaviruses - Kumar Lab

(Ref#: 6690)

University of Saskatchewan

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

Postdoctoral position is available in the Kumar lab in Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow with strong interests in virus-host interactions, and/or innate immune evasion mechanisms of RNA viruses. The successful applicant will lead a research program to identify and characterize novel host factors of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, an emerging arbovirus in Canada. The primary research focus of our laboratory is host-virus interaction of positive-stranded RNA viruses. We discover host proteins having essential roles in the life cycle of emerging human pathogens using high throughput genetic and interactome screens. A combination of cell biology, biochemical, genetic and molecular biology approaches are used to examine the mechanistic details of these interactions. The long-term goals of our studies are to gain better understanding of the virus biology, and to develop novel host protein-based therapeutic strategies against emerging human pathogens.

University of Saskatchewan has a large, vibrant community of virologists and hosts excellent research facilities including the Canadian Light Source and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).


Applicant must have a recent Ph.D. degree in Virology with publications in reputed scientific journals. Exceptional skills in molecular virology, molecular biology and/or cell biology. Good skills in writing and oral communication in English. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as in a team and will be expected to support the research activities of undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.  Experience with small animal models and Biosafety Level 3 pathogens would be advantageous, but not essential.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references through the University of Saskatchewan Careers portal (  Review of applications will begin in June 2021. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2021.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Postdoctoral Fellows are entitled to benefits and vacations as outlined in the existing collective bargaining agreements.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.

Education Requirement:
Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
6B69 Health Sciences, 107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon , SK S7H 5E5
Anil Kumar, PhD