Postdoctoral Position - CMV transmission and spread

University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

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

A Postdoctoral fellow position  is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Laura Hertel at UCSF ( 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.

Position Requirements:

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 -

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

Education Requirement:
PhD, MD/PhD, or MD
Years of Experience:
UCSF - MLK Building
5700 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland , CA 94609
Laura Hertel,