The post-doctoral scholar will study the ecology, transmission, and evolution of RNA viruses at the human-animal interface through collections from wild animal hosts and with collaborating groups working at interfaces with natural populations. The candidate will perform a central role in data acquisition and analysis on multiple projects within an interdisciplinary team of scientists conducting fieldwork, diagnostics, experimental studies, and analyses on emerging pathogens including influenza and SARS-CoV-2. The candidate must possess strong skills in oral and written communication; planning and organization to independently manage data and experimental work; and be highly self-motivated to incorporate innovative techniques.
Overview of Position Requirements: (i) laboratory bench experience with molecular biology, cell culture, and sterile technique at biosafety level 2 (BSL2); (ii) knowledge and experience with immunological assays, (iii) experience and willingness to handle animals in a research and/or field setting, (iv) prior experience and/or willingness to successfully complete biosafety level 3 (BSL3) and/or animal biosafety level 3 (ABSL3) training and perform independent experiments to generate new data using routine immunological and molecular biology assays and (v) knowledge/skills in microbiological assays to analyze viral infection due to BSL2/BSL3 microbial agents. This position also requires prior experience of managing data sets, statistical analyses, interpreting and presenting biological data sets and scientific writing for publications.
Qualifications and Experience: Candidates should have or be close to obtaining a PhD in microbiology, virology, biology, or related fields • Computer skills and basic computer programming in statistical and graphical methods for biological data • Experience in sterile techniques and virology.
This position is a one-year grant-funded position, with the possibility of extension. Anticipated start date is immediately, as of August 11, 2023. Salary is based on NIH recommended pay scale for post-doctoral scholars.
The Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health (IDGH) at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is in North Grafton, Massachusetts near Worcester and approximately 40 miles west of Boston. The campus is within walking distance of MBTA commuter rail service allowing access to public transportation.
Candidates should submit their application with a letter stating their professional experience and goals along with their CV and 3 professional contact references electronically via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/130051. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Jonathan Runstadler (email@example.com).