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Postdoctoral Associate in Evolutionary Genomics of Viruses

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 15, 2019

Job Description

The Aylward lab at Virginia Tech is seeking a post-doctoral researcher interested in the evolution and genomics of DNA viruses. The researcher will have the opportunity to work in several areas of ongoing research in the laboratory, including the isolation and genomic analysis of bacteriophage and other DNA viruses, cultivation of diverse hosts, analysis of evolutionary relationships and genomic repertoires of different viral groups groups, and the development of bioinformatic methods for genomic and evolutionary analyses. The research will address critical questions regarding the evolution and interaction of viruses with bacterial and protist hosts in nature. Candidates will be able to work on existing research projects and develop their own, provided they are synergistic with the general research goals of the lab. Experience with both experimental and computational approaches is desirable, as is proficiency in widely-used microbiological methods. The Aylward lab is a vibrant and dynamic work environment that welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. The anticipated start date for this position would be in Fall 2019 or Spring 2019. More information on the lab and current research can be found on the website:

Required Qualifications

PhD in relevant field (microbiology, genomics, etc. )

Knowledge and enthusiasm for microbial evolution and genomics

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with cultures of bacteria/algae/viruses

Experience with a coding language (preferably Python or R) and working with bioinformatic workflows.

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Review Date

September 13, 2019

Additional Information

For inquiries contact Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of references at

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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