Postdoctoral Position in Cell Signaling and Translational Control during Poxvirus Infection
A postdoctoral position is available on an NIH funded research project to study the regulation of cell signaling and mRNA translation during poxvirus infection in the laboratory of Dr. Derek Walsh. Dr. Walsh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, located in the heart of downtown Chicago.
Our work focuses on how translation factors regulate both host and viral mRNA translation during infection with Vaccinia Virus, a poxvirus closely related to Variola Virus, the causative agent of smallpox. Poxviruses are large double-stranded DNA viruses that replicate in the cytoplasm. Our previous work has shown that poxviruses redistribute specific host translation factors to sites of virus replication and activate upstream signaling pathways to stimulate translation factor activity, thereby facilitating viral protein synthesis and replication. Our ongoing work is focused on understanding how poxviruses accomplish this, and its contribution to regulating viral protein production and host responses to infection. For more information about our lab, please visit our website:
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent with research experience in one or more of the following areas: virology, cell biology, fluorescence microscopy, molecular biology. No prior postdoctoral experience is required. Interested applicants should submit a complete CV, a brief description of their research, and the name and contact details for three referees toDerek.email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed immediately until suitable candidates are identified.