Post-doctoral Position in Bat Disease Ecology

Job description

Job no: 496702
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs, Other, Postdoc / Research

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Dr. DeeAnn Reeder and Dr. Ken Field in the Department of Biology at Bucknell University. The preferred starting date is between June 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021. This is a one-year position with the likelihood of renewal.

This position is funded by a five-year R01 from NIAID/NIH “Tolerance and resistance responses of African bats to viral antigens: Immunological tradeoffs in zoonotic reservoir hosts”. The goals of the project are to (1) understand the role that infection tolerance plays in the ability of African bat species to serve as reservoir hosts for virulent zoonotic viruses, and (2) identify the molecular and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to these tolerance phenotypes. Three species will be studied in Uganda using an Ebola virus-like-particle (eVLP) challenge model in which the interplay between bat heterothermy and immune function will also be explored. Duties for this position will combine both field and captive animal work together with molecular/immunological methods and bioinformatics to measure physiological and immune responses. The postdoctoral fellow will spend ~ half of their time in Uganda each year. Previous experience with field biology (in bats and/or international), comparative ecoimmunology, molecular tools, and/or bioinformatics preferred. Applicants with strengths in any one of these areas are encouraged to apply.

Candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field and proficiency in oral and written English language skills. Applications must be made online at:

Application materials should include three documents:

1. Cover letter that addresses your qualifications for and interest in this particular position,

2. Curriculum Vitae,

3. Contact information for at least three potential references that the committee may contact to request letters, if necessary.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 6/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time