The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech is a world-class research institute in the life sciences, integrating theory, modeling and simulation with computational and experimental science in a transdisciplinary, team-based research environment. The Institute's mission is to solve some of society's most important problems in the life sciences through transdisciplinary research and education, including but not limited to, biomedicine, modeling and simulation of biological and other networks, and bioinformatics.
The Synthetic Biology Group is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to collaborate as a team of scientist to conduct research on the development of a new vaccine vector for biodefense and emerging diseases. This appointment is funded by sponsored research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop experimental and computational methods to streamline the design synthetic DNA sequences. The Postdoctoral Associate will use existing bioinformatics tools like GenoCAD (www.genocad.org) to design new reverse genetics systems for a RNA virus, test them in tissue culture using flow cytometry and time-lapse miscrocopy, and in animal models using standard immunological techniques.
This is a restricted appointment for an initial one-year period renewable based on performance, needs for service, and available funding. This position will hold the research faculty rank of Postdoctoral Associate. For more information on the university work ranks for special research faculty, please review the Faculty Handbook located at http://www.provost.vt.edu/documents/Faculty_Handbook_2010.pdf.
Interested candidates should submit a current CV, letter of interest, and listing of professional references upon applying through www.jobs.vt.edu posting number 0110426. To be considered, applications must be received through the website link provided and not through alternative channels. Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Compensation commensurate with experience
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The successful candidate will have a PhD in molecular biology, cellular biology, or related field; experience with standard techniques used for assembling plasmids and for tissue culture; track record of relevant peer-reviewed publications; excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to efficiently move between multiple tasks and adapt to changing requirements; and possess excellent communication skills in a diverse multicultural environment.
Preferences will be given to candidates having education, knowledge or experience with any of the following: immunology or virology with an emphasis on vaccine development; flow cytometry and/or imaging of viruses in cultures; small laboratory animals, preferably with an emphasis on characterizing the immune response to vaccine candidates; or aspirations to scientific independence.
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