Postdoctoral Fellow - tumor virus RNA biology
University of Florida
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Post Date: May 18, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Ph.D.
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: flexible
Salary: $47,484 + benefits
Location: US - Florida - Gainesville
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An RNA biology / bioinformatics-centered postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Tibbetts at the University of Florida (UF), College of Medicine. Our laboratory studies the role of viral noncoding RNAs in gammaherpesvirus chronic infection and tumorigenesis. Gammaherpesviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV, HHV-8) are associated with multiple diseases in humans, including lymphomas, carcinomas, and Kaposi’s sarcoma. To define the functional in vivo role of viral noncoding RNAs, we utilize the murine virus MHV68. MHV68 is genetically related to EBV and KSHV and causes lymphomas in mice, providing an outstanding small animal model for mechanistic studies. Work on this project will occur as part of a multi-PI Program Project at UF involving noncoding RNA comparative studies between MHV68, EBV and KSHV. This work will couple in vitro molecular RNA studies and bioinformatics analyses with latency and tumorigenesis studies in the context of in vivo infection.

Applicants with a strong background in RNA biology, biochemistry and/or bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply. Bioinformatics experience is not a prerequisite; however, computer aptitude and a strong desire to learn bioinformatic approaches is required. This position requires a high degree of self-motivation, a strong desire to work as a member of a highly collaborative and enjoyable lab team, and excellent English communication skills. In vivo experience is useful, but is not required.

Our laboratory is affiliated with the UF Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and the UF Health Cancer Center, and is a member of an exceptionally strong and highly interactive virology program, providing an outstanding environment for postdoctoral training. In addition to providing bench training, we provide a very outstanding training environment for developing writing and presenting skills, and members of the lab are strongly encouraged to write for fellowships.

Applicants should include a short cover letter emphasizing previous training and primary areas of interest, contact information for three references, and a CV.

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