Graduate Student Researcher
Eric Bortz, PhD
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Post Date: Feb 16, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Bachelors
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: Summer/fall 2017
Salary: Assistanceships available
Location: US - Alaska
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Graduate Research in Genomics of Emerging Viruses:

A graduate student position (MS, or MS progressing to PhD) is available to study genomics of emerging zoonotic viruses in avian, bat, swine, and marine mammal species. Projects aim to develop laboratory and bioinformatics protocols for virus detection, next-generation sequencing, and genome analysis. 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.

Thesis research will be in-depth study of evolution and virus-host interactions of novel strains. Successful applicants 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 bachelor's degree, general GRE test scores, and a deep interest and/or research experience in next-generation sequencing of emerging zoonotic viruses (RNA or DNA). Candidates eligible for US-based training grant positions are preferred.

To apply, please contact Dr. Eric Bortz ( a.s.a.p.

Graduate school deadline for Fall, 2017, is 1 March 2017 (see for requirements).

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

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