Postdoctoral Research Scholar Studying RNA Modifications in Viral Replication

(Ref#: REQUISITION # 3412)

The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

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

An NIH-funded postdoctoral researcher position is available to study virus interactions with host factors in Dr. Li Wu’s lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. The position currently available is for work on the following projects: (1) Mechanisms of HIV-1 RNA modification of N6-methyladenosine (m6A) in regulating viral replication, and (2) Epitranscriptomic m6A profile of SARS-CoV-2-infected human lung epithelial cells.

The Wu lab is located in an interdisciplinary and highly interactive department offering state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities. Please refer to our recent publications at

Wu Lab website:

Selected recent publications:

• Chen, et al. PLoS Pathog. 2021, PMID: 33690734

• Espada, et al. J. Virol. 2021, PMID: 33690734

• Qin, et al. J. Biol. Chem. 2020, PMID: 31914403

• Tirumuru and Wu. J Biol Chem. 2019, PMID: 30617182

• Chen, et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2018, PMID: 29610295

• Antonucci, et al. Nat Med. 2016, PMID: 27711056

• Tirumuru, et al. eLife. 2016, PMID: 27371828

Highly motivated candidates with a Ph.D. degree (0~3-year experience preferred) in virology, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, or genetics are encouraged to apply. Experience in virology research (particularly HIV-1 or coronaviruses) is highly desired. Expertise in RNA biology and single-cell RNA-sequencing techniques is also desirable. The candidate will be expected to independently manage their research projects in consultation with the PI and will lead the preparation of manuscripts for publication.

The successful candidate will join an existing team of postdoctoral researchers and graduate students and will have the opportunity to be appointed to NIH-funded T32 training grants and to develop independent research projects. Individuals who intend to follow a career in academic science are especially encouraged to apply. Previous postdocs trained in the lab have become independent faculty members at research universities or leading scientists in the biotech industry.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 references to (

Application site:

Education Requirement:
Years of Experience:
Required Skills & Areas of Study:
  • virology
  • hiv-1
  • coronavirus
  • rna biology
NRSA Postdoctoral Stipends
Main Campus of the University of Iowa
Microbiology and Immunology
3-403B Bowen Science Building
51 Newton Road
Iowa City , Iowa 52242
Li Wu, PhD