Job Opening: Postdoctoral Research Position in Chlorovirus Biology

Sunday, October 15, 2017

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)

Post date: Oct. 15, 2017
Job type: Full time
Degree required: PhD
Years Experience: Entry Level
Start Date: Available immediately
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: US – Nebraska – Lincoln

This position is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation in the Genomes to Phenomes program. The Principal Investigator of the grant is Dr. Eric Wommack at the University of Delaware and the project is a multi-institutional program involving investigators from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, University of Delaware, University of Hawaii and Roger Williams University (Rhode Island). The project is entitled: ‘An Experimental and Analytical Framework for Genome to Phenome Connections in Viruses of Microbes’ (

The scientist will be part of a multi-institutional collaborative team investigating the viruses of microbes (VoMs), using molecular, cellular, and –omics approaches. The UNL team will focus on studying viruses that infect eukaryotic algae (chloroviruses). The candidate will work with a team that studies chloroviruses and the symbiotic relationships of the algal hosts in the context of their holobiotic relationships in both laboratory and field environments. The initial work will integrate novel lab-on-a-chip microfluidics systems with host-virus interactions, and these findings will lead to the environmental parameters associated with virus fluxes in natural settings, including extreme environments, such as the unique alkaline lakes in Western Nebraska. These studies will allow for the scientist to interface with existing programs, including the Nebraska Center for Virology (, the Complex Biosystems Program, the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Natural Resources. The scientist will also mentor and manage undergraduate researchers. The scientist will be expected to work collaboratively within the VoM program, some travel is required.

Preferred Skills
Experience with host-virus interactions, viruses, confocal microscopy, genomics, bioinformatics including statistics, and data management and analyses.

Project funded for 2-4 years depending on progress achieved. Additional information is available upon request.

Contact Details
Name: James L. Van Etten, David D. Dunigan
Department: Nebraska Center for Virology
Address: Morrison Life Science Research Center
City: Lincoln
State: Nebraska
Zipcode: 68583-0900
Country: United States of America
Email addresses and
Phone: 402-472-3168 or 402-472-5776