Visiting Veterinary Research Specialist - Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine (A1700628)

Champaign, IL
Oct 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



Full-time 100% (12 month basis), Visiting Veterinary Research Specialist

Rank and Salary: The Department of Pathobiology ( at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, Visiting Veterinary Research Specialist to perform virology and viral pathogenesis research in a molecular biology laboratory. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Professional Opportunities: The University of Illinois has a tradition of excellence as a Land Grant University and a Tier One Research University. The College of Veterinary Medicine has an innovative professional veterinary curriculum and is focused on expanding integration of clinical, applied and basic research efforts across the college and university. A motivated candidate will find many opportunities to build a fulfilling and rewarding career.

The Department encompasses a unique blend of expertise in comparative pathology, epidemiology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis, parasitology, and virology. Through its multidisciplinary nature, the Department is positioned to make significant contributions to solving complex disease problems in biomedical sciences. Our particular strength is our diverse complement of disciplines working toward an integrated approach that enables vital discoveries in all aspects of disease emergence, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, and novel approaches to disease prevention.

The Department of Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine features modern research and animal care facilities. Specialized research services are available through the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center (, Institute for Genomic Biology (, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory ( and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (

Personal Opportunities: Urbana-Champaign offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life. In 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received top rankings by Harvard University's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education for its pre-tenure practices in balancing work and home.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include possession of a B.S. degree in biology, biochemistry, virology, microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry. An M.S. or Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, virology, microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry is preferred. A minimum of two years' experience in virology and/or molecular biology/biochemistry is required. Experience with cell culture methods and their use in virus research, basic virologic methods including virus propagation, virus stock titration, methods to examine molecular virus-cell interactions and fluorescence microscopy is also required. Knowledge of molecular and cell biology techniques including gene cloning and expression, RT-PCR, Western blotting and immunoprecipitation is required.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Maintain cell cultures for virus-related research
  • Grow and titrate virus stocks
  • Perform gene cloning, gene expression, and protein characterization using Western blotting and immunoprecipitation methods
  • Construct and characterize recombinant DNA viruses
  • Perform PCR or RT-PCR assays for detecting viral and/or cellular nucleic acids
  • Perform fluorescence microscopy on virus-infected cell cultures
  • Assist with data compilation and analysis
  • Assist with inventory, scheduling, equipment maintenance and other duties integral to laboratory functions.

Starting Date: Immediate

Closing Date: In order to receive full consideration, applications must be received by October 20, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Application Procedures: Please create your candidate profile through Upload application materials, including your application letter, resume, transcripts, and names and email contact information for three references by October 20, 2017. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. This visiting position may become permanent at a later date depending on department need and funding. Additional information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Keith Jarosinski ( The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Dr. Daniel Rock, Chair, Search Committee

Department of Pathobiology

University of Illinois

1008 W. Hazelwood Drive

Urbana, IL 61802

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: College of Veterinary Medicine
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Veterinary Research Specialist - Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine (A1700628)
Open Date: 10/06/2017
Close Date: 10/20/2017
Organization Name: Pathobiology


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