Postdoctoral Fellow, chikungunya virus vaccine study
University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
A postdoctoral fellowship based on a NIH funded project to engineer high fidelity mutations to increase safety of live-attenuated chikungunya virus vaccines is available in the laboratory of Dr. Lark Coffey. The project will involve inserting high fidelity point mutations that reduce mutability into existing immunogenic live-attenuated chikungunya virus candidates to produce a safer vaccine for this emerging human pathogen transmitted by mosquitoes. The work will include experiments in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and should have molecular virology experience including cloning, RT- and qRT-PCR, and infectious small animal work. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The candidate must work well as part of a research team. The successful candidate will conduct experiments, analyze data, and prepare manuscripts. Applicants should be highly motivated, able to perform independent research with minimal supervision, and have publications in internationally recognized English language journals.
The fellowship will afford the candidate opportunities to synergize with other research groups in the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine at UC Davis, as well as collaborators doing related studies as part of the same project at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. This includes other groups with expertise in arbovirology, vector genetics, host-pathogen interactions, and disease pathogenesis. UC Davis is ranked 10th nationally among public universities in research funding. The city of Davis has a population of 65,000 and is situated in a beautiful pastoral setting. The University’s student population is approximately 32,000. The campus lies adjacent to the city of Davis, 14 miles west of Sacramento, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra mountains. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to multiple world-class research and academic institutions providing additional collaborative opportunities.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience according to NIH post-doctoral pay scales. The initial appointment will be for 1 year and renewable for up to 4 more years.
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