Molecular Virology of Highly Pathogenic RNA Viruses

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Job Description

The Kawaoka Laboratory studies negative-strand RNA viruses including highly pathogenic influenza viruses, pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus, and ebolavirus. Our objectives are to better understand virulence, pathogenicity, and viral evolution. In this way, we can help to develop better vaccines and anti-viral therapeutics. We have an opportunity for a postdoctoral associate interested in joining our team using various in vitro and in vivo approaches to study the virulence, pathogenicity, and evolution of several RNA viruses. The individual in this position will utilize a variety of molecular virology techniques (including reverse genetics), test viruses in cell cultures and in animal models including mice, Syrian hamsters, and ferrets, and develop and/or test novel preventative or therapeutic countermeasures to influenza, corona-, and Ebola viruses. Some of these studies may be conducted in biosafety level 3 containment. The ideal candidate will be a productive, self-motivated individual with the ability to work as part of a team on collaborative projects. Strong basic laboratory skills and good technique are important. The individual in this position must present data in presentations, participate in meetings with collaborators and contribute to manuscripts. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) are a plus. To be considered, candidates must be eligible for and maintain Select Agent clearance.


PhD required in virology, microbiology, immunology or related field. Must have good skills in molecular biology. Experience with influenza or coronaviruses, cell culture, molecular virology, and/or animal studies is desirable.

To apply, please email a CV, a letter of interest, up to three reprints, and the names of three references to Amy Kuehn (

Preferred Research Skills
molecular biology methods, coronavirus or influenza virus experience, cell culture
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