Job description

JOB NO.: 95801-FA

Work Type: Faculty-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Faculty

Position Vacancy ID: 95801-FA

Working Title: Virus Protein-Nucleic Acid Ultrastructure Imaging --Cluster Hire


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 01, 2019

Term: N/A

Advertised Salary:

ACADEMIC (9 months)

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Applicants must have a PhD in a biological or biomedical science. The area of focus includes structure, dynamic responses and function of viral machinery or virus-host interactions using biophysical, structural, and biochemical techniques, especially cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Candidates should display a productive record of established scholarship of national and international significance in biochemistry, virology, or another relevant area of structural or computational biology, and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

The outstanding candidate will use biochemical, biophysical, and structural approaches especially cryo-EM, or cryo-ET (tomography), to understand the structure, dynamic responses and biological function of virus components including, for example, cellular/viral protein-nucleic acid complexes.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry or the Department of Plant Pathology, seek to hire a tenure-track (junior) Assistant Professor to develop a collaborative cutting-edge research program aimed at understanding the structure, dynamic responses and function of viral machinery, or virus-host interactions, using biochemical, biophysical, and structural techniques, especially cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

This position is one of a three-part synergistic hiring initiative "The Metastructures of Viral Infection" which will expand and complement the Madison Virology Program (MVP). This faculty hire will develop a research program in virology or virus-related cell biology that will take advantage of the resources available in the new Cryo-EM Research Center. The Center houses four new cryo-microscopes including Thermo-Fisher's 300 kV Titan Krios, 200 kV Talos Arctica, 120 kV Talos L120C, an Aquilos cryo-FIB-SEM, as well as other ancillary preparative equipment.

In keeping with Madison traditions of collaboration and highly successful joint appointments, the interactive partners in this hire, the IMV and tenure home department, will mutually support this position with substantial laboratory facilities, diverse biological, biochemical and virology collaborators, high quality students, and other resources. The successful candidate will become a UW-Madison faculty member, and IMV and MVP Affiliate, joining a vibrant community of virologists, complementing and strengthening the UW's outstanding breadth in biological research. As a cluster hire position, there are expectations of synergy with additional new hires in the areas of Virus Epitranscriptional RNA Modification, and Viral DNA Superstructure. The primary department affiliation and tenure home (Biochemistry or Plant Pathology) will be determined with input from the candidate. Biochemistry, ranked in the top two US departments in the field, has a diverse faculty exploring wide-ranging aspects of molecular mechanisms and cellular biology. Plant Pathology is a US leader in microbiology and microbe-host interactions in and beyond the plant sphere. UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking sixth in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, which are over $1 billion and growing. The city of Madison provides a welcoming, culturally rich environment highly ranked in national surveys for quality of life.

Further information regarding this initiative can be found at: initiative/.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.


This position is an academic (9-month) tenure-track (junior) faculty at the Assistant Professor level.

Principal duties to include:

1. Carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program at the forefront of mechanistic virology using cryo-EM and complementary approaches

2. S/he will be teaching undergraduates and graduates in the tenure home department curricula.

3. Contribute and participate in professional, university, and community service appropriate to rank.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.


Veronica Pierce
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 95801. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system.

Click the "Apply Now" button above, to start the application process.

As part of the online application, and in order to be considered for this position, applicants should upload the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae (CV), 2) a 2-3 page research statement describing current and future directions, 3) a brief 1-page description of teaching philosophy. Contact information for three (3) references will be requested at the time of application.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is December 1, 2018, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to:
Ann Palmenberg, PhD
Virology CryoEM Cluster Faculty Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Additional Link: Full Position Details

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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