Postdoctoral Research Associate – Ahlquist Lab – RNA Virus Replication and Host Interactions
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The Ahlquist laboratory (Morgridge Institute for Research and University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral research associates to join and expand our studies of the molecular mechanisms of replication and host interactions in positive-strand RNA viruses, which include coronaviruses and many other important pathogens. Projects include multiple aspects of the structure, assembly, and function of viral RNA replication complexes, which are fascinating molecular machines and major targets for potentially broad-spectrum virus control (e.g., Unchwaniwala and Ahlquist  Science; Unchwaniwala et al.  PNAS; Nishikiori and Ahlquist  Science Advances; Ertel et al.  eLife). Our studies in these areas are developing and integrating new approaches in molecular genetics, biochemistry, cryo-electron microscopy, computational biology, and other areas.
Successful candidates will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a well-equipped, interactive research environment on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. They will find fertile project foundations, opportunities to collaborate with leading groups in and beyond UW-Madison, and support for growth in creative and critical thinking, vision, communications, and other areas essential for varied research careers. We offer an outstanding work environment built around multi-disciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art facilities, and team science. UW-Madison consistently ranks among the top U.S. research universities and the City of Madison among the ‘best places to live in the US’ with a diversity of cultural and outdoor opportunities. In addition to competitive salary, health benefits, etc., Morgridge postdoctoral positions also provide the rare advantage of retirement benefits. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary duties.
Education and Experience
Candidates should have a PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology or another relevant area. They should also have a productive experimental record, strong initiative and a clear desire to spearhead innovative, substantial research advances. Excellent communications skills and the ability to work with a diverse research team are essential. Prior experience with viruses is appreciated but not required.
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