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Postdoctoral Scholar - RNA Virology

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 2nd, 2020

Next review date: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in Dr. Bert Semler’s laboratory at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the UCI Center for Virus Research. The position is fully funded by a private foundation for up to three years.

We investigate three major areas of RNA virology research: (1) Understanding the molecular basis of enterovirus persistence in cardiac cells; (2) Generation of novel rabies virus vectors for neuronal circuit tracing; and (3) Development of novel therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2. These projects use a wide range of experimental tools in molecular virology and cell biology. This position may support one or more of these projects.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. with research experience relevant to our lab interests and a desire to work independently within a collaborative team environment. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in RNA virus molecular biology and the study of virus-host interactions. Competitive applicants should have at least one high-quality, first-author publication. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree within 15 months of the January, 2021 (or earlier) starting date of the fellowship.

Qualified candidates should submit the application materials listed below for full consideration to the following recruitment URL:

  1. Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  2. Statement of Research – describe prior experience, future goals, and address how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the Semler Laboratory
  3. References, 3-5 required (contact information only)

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)