Return of the living viruses

10/26/2018 11:50:56 AM

The science laboratory is a perfect backdrop for any sci-fi thriller, from zombie scientists to genetic experiments gone terribly wrong. And, talk about things that go bump in the night at the lab. (Whew, that was just the fridge, or, was it?) In reality, though, the biomedical news headlines can read like pages ripped from your favorite sci-fi novel. One authentic plot of global public-health concern is emerging infectious diseases, including those caused by viruses (e.g., viral hemorrhagic fevers and influenza), which can spread rapidly and cause high mortality. The world needs mad geniuses like yourself to research how these viruses evolve so quickly, identify modes of transmission and develop novel treatment and detection methods. For this Halloween edition of the careers blog, we present to you a vignette of virology research jobs. (If you like this post, really make it go “viral” by sharing with your friends or on social media.)  

Weekly jobs roundup  

  • The Bloom Lab in the Basic Sciences Division and Computational Biology Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, Wash.) is seeking a research technician to perform deep mutational scanning and mutational antigenic profiling experiments on viral proteins. The lab primarily focuses on molecular evolution of the influenza virus. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field and prior laboratory experience. No application deadline is provided.  

  • The Vaccine and Infectious Disease and Human Biology Divisions at Fred Hutch also invite applications for a full-time faculty member at the assistant or associate level in the area of viral eradication and evolution. See the posting for more details. Review of applications begins on Oct. 31.  
  • The laboratory of Seema Lakdawala in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is hiring a research technician to conduct biochemical studies into protein-RNA interactions for influenza viruses. The lab focuses on the molecular mechanisms that lead to the emergence of pandemic influenza viruses. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and previous lab experience. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.  
  • Battelle’s Integrated Science Solutions (West Jefferson, Ohio), which provides contract lab support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is seeking an influenza virologist to work as part of a team to research and develop new vaccines. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s or master’s degree and experience in molecular/cellular virology. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The biopharmaceutical company Gilead (Foster City, Calif.) has an opening for a research scientist to study small-molecule inhibitors for respiratory and emerging viruses (e.g., flu, rhinovirus, dengue, Lassa and/or Ebola). The scientist also will manage external collaborations in this area. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant life-sciences field and two years of postdoctoral experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The lab of Sonja Best at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories campus of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Hamilton, Mont.) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher. The incumbent will investigate host-virus interactions involved with innate immune responses that impact the replication and pathogenesis of RNA viruses (i.e., flaviviruses and filoviruses). Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or M.D. degree and less than three years of postdoc experience. No application deadline is provided. (Note: There is no job posting date either, so consider reaching out to check that the position is still open.)  
  • The College of Medicine at Howard University seeks a postdoctoral fellow to research viral pathogenesis, genetic mutations and host interactions for cytomegaloviruses and flaviviruses. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences and experience in molecular biology, (epi)genetics/omics and virology. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Sabeti Lab at Harvard University and the Broad Institute is hiring a research associate to support projects in human genetics and functional virology, with the aim of understanding evolutionary adaptation in both humans and pathogens (e.g., Lassa and Ebola viruses). Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences, bioengineering or a related field and one year of lab experience. No application deadline is provided.  
  • The Duke Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University has multiple openings for researchers of all degree levels in both HIV-1 vaccine development and within the biocontainment laboratory that develops drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for emerging/re-emerging infections and biodefense. See the job listings for more details. (Note: Several of the positions on the website give a job-expired warning. Also, it seems two different applications systems are used depending on the position, so carefully click through and read each description in detail.)  
  • There are several research openings to work with zoonotic, livestock and emerging diseases at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (Orient Point, N.Y.) This includes a research associate with the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases at Kansas State University and a microbiologist with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. See the job postings for more information. There is no deadline for the KSU position, but the USDA job closes Nov. 2.

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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