Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
The Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University is seeking a Postdoctoral research fellow in Virology, Antiviral Chemotherapy, and Vaccines using in vitro and in vivo models at the Institute for Antiviral Research (IAR). The IAR consists of a team of five principal investigators with expertise in respiratory, hemorrhagic fever, and neuroinvasive viruses that collaborate to identify antiviral agents and vaccines against a wide range of human pathogenic viruses. The IAR and its researchers have been effectively involved in the pre-clinical development of several FDA-approved antiviral compounds, including ribavirin (Virazole™), ganciclovir (Cytovene™), stavudine (Zerit™), oseltamivir (Tamiflu™), and T-705 (favipiravir). Our NIH-sponsored research includes studies evaluating the in vivo (pre-clinical) efficacy of experimental therapeutics and vaccines to support FDA approval. This position will give broad experience for applicants interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry, or academia.
This is a two-year position, with possibility of continuing employment after two years. The position is available immediately.
Specific to this position, a successful candidate will design, complete, and analyze experiments using antiviral compounds and vaccines for Influenza virus, Enterovirus (EV-D68 and EV-71), Echovirus, and SARS- CoV-2 infections using small animal models.
The candidate will mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and work in a collaborative manner. The candidate should be able to present their data clearly in various platforms.
Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:
Ability to work well with other technicians.
Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
Ability to identify and solve problems.
Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
Ability to perform routine calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. in virology or a related field, especially with a background in the study of influenza viruses, enteroviruses, or SARS-CoV-2 are encouraged to apply.
Excellent communication, problem-solving, organization, and teamwork skills.
Experience handling mice and performing in vivo experiments is highly desirable.
Experience with laboratory animal research while working in biosafety containment BSL2 or above.
Previous experience working with viruses.
Along with the online application, please attach:
Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
Contacts for 3 professional references to be included at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile
Cover Letter to be to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application.
Document size may not exceed 10 MB.
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.
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