Graduate Research Assistantship Available

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Plant-Virus Interactions Lab at The Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is seeking highly motivated, goal oriented candidates for a Ph.D. graduate research assistantship. Our research program is focused on molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions. The successful applicant will be part of a team working on the molecular mechanisms of antiviral defense, virus replication, and their interactions. We use a systems approach and a combination of experimental disciplines including biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, proteomics, genomics and bioinformatics. The successful candidate will work and communicate well with other lab members, and other researchers at the Nebraska Center for Virology and the Department of Plant Pathology.


 The successful applicant will meet the following qualifications:

  • Master of Science degree in plant biology, genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, plant pathology, or closely related discipline; or a minimum of two years of experience in biological or computational scientific research in academy or in biotechnology industry.
  • Strong commitment to learning and developing scientific skills while actively doing research.
  • Wet-lab experience in molecular biology techniques.
  • Experience generating or analyzing next generation sequencing data or strong desire to learn.
  • Experience in molecular virology, plant biology, biochemistry, genetics or genomics.
  • Willingness to learn new experimental techniques.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and scientific skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting.


  • Experience working with plants, bacteria and viruses, with transient expression systems and plant transformation.


 A complete application will include 1) a cover letter (2 to 3 paragraphs) explaining personal motivation for pursuing a research oriented graduate program and the fit between career goals and this position, 2) CV detailing work and research experience, publications, GPA, breakdown of GRE scores, and/or TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants), and 3) a list of trees references. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be required to submit a formal graduate school application to the graduate program in Complex Biosystems, Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology, or Plant Pathology Graduate.

Inquiries, applications and related questions can be directed to:

Dr. Hernan Garcia-Ruiz