Research Scientist

Job description

Working Title: Research Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Microbiology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 08-31-2018

Posting Summary:
The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MIC) at the University of Virginia seeks a Research Scientist to work in Dr. Sara Rasmussen's research group in the lab of Drs. Marie-Louise Hammarskjold and David Rekosh, using flow cytometry, RNA-Seq, tissue culture, RT-PCR, fluorescent
microscopy, and clinical tissue samples to study the effects of Human Endogenous Retroviruses on human cancer. In addition, the candidate will generate several vectors and utilize viral packaging systems to investigate the effects of endogenous retroviruses on gene expression in human cells. The goal is to examine the role of endogenous retroviral elements and their downstream targets that regulate the carcinogenesis of human cancers such as melanoma, breast cancer, hepatocellular cancer,
neuroblastoma, and hepatoblastoma. These studies integrate basic cell and advanced molecular biology with flow cytometry to examine endogenous retroviral-driven gene expression.

Candidates must have a PhD and 5-7 years' experience in cell biology, lentiviral culture systems, recombinant DNA technology, RNA isolation, sequencing, PCR, Flow Cytometry, and relevant software packages. Expertise in cloning, RNA analysis, and flow cytometry strongly preferred. Strong preference will be given to those candidates who also possess a veterinary or medical degree. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and be willing to assist with lab maintenance and mentoring of
undergraduates, medical students, surgery residents, and graduate students. Successful candidates will have a track record of productive and independent work.

The environment in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia is a highly supportive and interactive one, including joint research meetings and seminars in various aspects of cell and developmental biology. For additional information about the research in the department, please visit the department's web site:

To apply, please visit; search on posting number 0623949. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The position will be open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 10/31/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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