A Postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Laura Hertel at UCSF (https://laurahertellab.ucsf.edu/). We seek a highly motivated, independent, creative and driven individual interested in investigating human cytomegalovirus (CMV) transmission via the oral mucosa and/or upper respiratory tract, and the mechanisms supporting infection-induced cell-cell fusion. The project involves the culture, infection, and single cell RNA-seq processing of epithelial cell types derived from different anatomical regions and cultured in monolayer or in 3-D organotypic format. The fellow will: 1) Perform infection assays to determine the susceptibility to CMV infection of different epithelial cell types; 2) Identify potential cellular blocks to viral replication and progeny production or release, and 3) Identify the viral and cellular factors involved in conferring permissiveness or resistance to CMV infection, and their mechanism of action.
PhD or MD/PHD in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, cell biology, or equivalent field.
Extensive background in cell culture techniques, especially with primary cells.
Experience with viral infection, titration, immunofluorescence staining analyses and microscopy.
Strong track record of first-author publications.
Willingness to write manuscripts, and apply for additional financial support such as NIH fellowships.
To apply please submit to Laura Hertel - firstname.lastname@example.org:
A current CV
A description of research experience and accomplishments
A summary of current research interests and future goals
Selected publication reprints
The names and contact information of three referees