Postdoctoral Fellow
Eric Bortz, PhD
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Post Date: Feb 13, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Doctoral Level
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: May-July 2017
Salary: NIH level
Location: US - Alaska - Anchorage
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Postdoctoral Research in Genomics of Emerging Viruses: A postdoctoral position is available to study genomics of emerging zoonotic viruses in avian, bat, swine, and marine mammal species. Projects aim to develop an integrated laboratory and bioinformatics protocols for virus detection, next-generation sequencing, and genome analysis that can be adapted for study of emerging RNA and DNA viruses. Viruses are isolated from surveillance projects on zoonotic diseases in Alaska and Eurasia, including avian and swine influenza, African swine fever, and RNA viruses of bats, primarily funded by US Government programs for 1-2 years. Opportunity for in-depth study of evolution and virus-host interactions of novel strains may be available. Successful postdoctoral fellows may also have opportunities to participate in field surveillance and international capacity-building projects.

Our interdisciplinary lab is located in the state-of-the-art Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Anchorage, Alaska, is a diverse and vibrant small city on the border of the north Pacific and sub-Arctic, surrounded by amazing mountains, wilderness, and wildlife. The University of Alaska Anchorage is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates must have a Ph.D., D.V.M. or M.D. degree, and a publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants with a deep interest and/or research experience in next-generation sequencing of emerging zoonotic viruses (RNA or DNA) are preferred. Candidates eligible for US-based training grant positions are preferred.

To apply, please submit curriculum vitae (CV), a statement of research interests and experience, and contact information for three recent references to: Dr. Eric Bortz (

Eric Bortz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Anchorage
Office: 907-786-4858

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