Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cliffe Lab

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-23
Req: R0022119

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the UVA School of Medicine seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Cliffe Lab.

Our laboratory is focused on Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infection of neurons. We use a variety of novel approaches including in vitro models of HSV latency in primary neurons, and in vivo infections, in addition to human induced neurons. We combine these with cutting edge molecular biology approaches and imaging analyses. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will work on a project investing the neuronal responses to viral infection and the changes that occur with aging. The position would be ideal for anyone with an interest in viral infection, neurobiology and/or innate immunology, and in establishing novel models to investigate viral infection of human neurons. The ideal candidate has a PhD with experience in relevant areas of biology, first-author publication(s), and ability to work well in a highly interactive, creative, and collaborative environment.

Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period. In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


  • Doctoral degree.
  • Strong background in molecular or cell biology, neuroscience, or virology.
  • 1-2 years of tissues culture experience, preferably with primary cells.


Review of applications will occur March 4th and will continue until the position is filled. Selected Post Docs must have their completed PhD by the start date. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal in one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Please apply through Workday, and search for “Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cliffe Lab". Complete an application online and attach the following:

  • Cover letter summarizing your pass experience, research interests, and career goals.
  • CV/Resume.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation.

Attach these documents all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check and an Education Verification. (FSAKA).

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Anna Cliffe, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology. For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter. For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 2/24/2021
Application Due: 5/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time