Virus Protein-Nucleic Acid Ultrastructure Imaging --Assistant Professor Cluster Hire

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Negotiable; Academic (9 months)
October 09 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry or the Department of Plant Pathology, requests applications for an Assistant Professor Faculty position to develop a collaborative cutting-edge research program aimed at understanding the structure, dynamic responses and function of viral machinery, or virus-host interactions, using biochemical, biophysical, and structural techniques, especially cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

This faculty position is an academic (9-month), tenure-track (junior) position, which requires a Ph.D. in a biological or biomedical science. The area of focus includes structure, dynamic responses and function of viral machinery or virus-host interactions using biophysical, structural, and biochemical techniques, especially cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).Candidates should display a productive record of established scholarship of national and international significance in biochemistry, virology, or another relevant area of structural or computational biology, and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.  The candidate will carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program at the forefront of mechanistic virology using cryo-EM and complementary approaches.  The candidate will also teach undergraduates and graduates in the tenure home department curriculum.

This position is one of a three-part synergistic hiring initiative “The Metastructures of Viral Infection” which will expand and complement the Madison Virology Program (MVP). This faculty hire will develop a research program in virology or virus-related cell biology that will take advantage of the resources available in the new Cryo-EM Research Center. The Center houses four new cryo-microscopes including Thermo-Fisher’s 300 kV Titan Krios, 200 kV Talos Arctica, 120 kV Talos L120C, an Aquilos cryo-FIB-SEM, as well as other ancillary preparative equipment. 

In keeping with Madison traditions of collaboration and highly successful joint appointments, the interactive partners in this hire, the IMV and tenure home department, will mutually support this position with substantial laboratory facilities, diverse biological, biochemical and virology collaborators, high quality students, and other resources. The successful candidate will become a UW-Madison faculty member, and IMV and MVP Affiliate, joining a vibrant community of virologists, complementing and strengthening the UW’s outstanding breadth in biological research, in general. As a cluster hire position, there are expectations of synergy with additional new hires in the areas of Virus Epitranscriptional RNA Modification, and Viral DNA Superstructure. The primary department affiliation and tenure home (Biochemistry or Plant Pathology) will be determined with input from the candidate. Biochemistry, ranked in the top two US departments in the field, has a diverse faculty exploring wide-ranging aspects of mechanistic biology and cellular biology. Plant Pathology is a US leader in research, teaching, and extension arenas involving plant health. UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking sixth in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, which are over $1 billion and growing. The city of Madison provides a welcoming, culturally rich environment highly ranked in national surveys for quality of life. 

Further information regarding this initiative can be found at: initiative/

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( ) under job number 95801. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.  Click the "Apply Now" button above, to start the application process.

As part of the online application, and in order to be considered for this position, applicants should upload the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae (CV), 2) a 2-3 page research statement describing current and future directions, 3) a brief 1-page description of teaching philosophy.Contact information for three (3) references will be requested at the time of application.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is December 1, 2018, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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