A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available immediately to study virus-host interactions and viral pathogenesis. Currently, the focus of the lab is to understand innate immune responses against RNA viruses and systems genetics of coronavirus infection. We leverage viral infection models in cell culture and laboratory mice to identify molecular targets for investigation in vitro and in vivo.
The preferred candidate is a highly self-motivated individual who should have strong background and experience in virology, molecular biology and cell biology, such as recombinant DNA techniques (cloning, mutagenesis, etc.), RT-PCR, Western blotting, immunoprecipitation, reporter gene assay, maintaining and transfecting cell cultures, virus production/purification/titration, etc., and a record of productivity. Experience with mouse models is a plus. Strong work ethic, good English communication skills and previous peer-reviewed publications in virology journals are required. Must be willing to work with mice and in Biosafety Level 3 containment and be able to pass Department of Justice background check for the Select Agent Program.
Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the flagship statewide, public, academic health institution in Tennessee. Founded in 1911, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science is to improve the health and well-being of Tennesseans and the global community by fostering integrated, collaborative, and inclusive education, research, scientific discovery, clinical care, and public service. Employing more than 4,600 people on its faculty, staff, and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, and with more than 3,200 students across the state, UTHSC contributes $4 billion to the economy of Tennessee.
Part of the University of Tennessee System, the Health Science Center is headquartered in Memphis and includes all six of UT’s doctoral-degree-granting health science colleges — Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Graduate Health Sciences, and Health Professions. UTHSC spans the state with its four major, regional clinical health science locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, as well as more than 100 clinical education sites across Tennessee. UTHSC is the largest educator of health care professionals in the state and operates the state’s largest residency and fellowship advanced training programs.
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