Postdoctoral Associate - Virology, Innate Immunity and Cancer Biology (66845)



The Molecular Virology Laboratory (Directed by Zhe Ma, Ph.D.) within the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral associates to contribute to ongoing NIH funded studies investigating the molecular basis of interactions between KSHV (Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus) related diseases and host innate immunity.

Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a DNA virus leading to several malignancies in the human population including Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), multicentric Castleman’s disease (MCD), and primary effusion lymphoma (PEL). Our lab is interested in the interplay between the innate immune system, KSHV, and KSHV-associated cancers. Our long term goal is to develop better therapies to treat not only KSHV related malignancies, but also broaden our knowledge to other viral cancers.

Our research projects involve diverse experimental techniques ranging from Molecular biology, Cell culture models, to in vivo animal models. Briefly, the Ma lab utilizes multiple techniques such as molecular cloning, DNA/RNA amplification/purification, protein knockdown/knockout, qPCR/RT-qPCR, luciferase reporter assays, Virus amplification/purification/genome mutation, and in vivo mouse model, etc.

Due to the oncogenic characteristics of KSHV, a postdoctoral associate in our lab will perform research covering virology, cancer biology, and immunology, which provides more potential for future career development. Postdoctoral associates in our lab will receive sufficient training by the PI and collaborating investigators in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Also, postdoctoral associates in our lab will be supported to develop their new research projects. Support will also be provided to attend scientific conferences to present work and provide networking opportunities.

The University of Florida is ranked the 6th public university in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Additional relevant information about postdoctoral scholar positions at the University of Florida can be found at http://postdoc.aa.ufl.edu . The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a very affordable living area with abundant nature, great beaches, themes park within 1-2 hour distance (Orlando, Gulf of Mexico, St. Augustine Orlando, Jacksonville).

Requires - Candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, molecular biology, or a related field.

Preferred qualification:

1. Have virology or immunology related research background.
2. Have extensive experience in Molecular and Cellular Biology techniques.
3. Be highly motivated and collaborative.

Candidates with experience in virus, immunity, or mice-based research are not required but will be highly advantageous.

All applicants must apply online at https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/ .

In order to be considered, you must upload:

  • Cover letter: a letter of interest containing a description of past accomplishments, research interests, and research goals
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) that includes lists of publications
  • Contact Reference: contact information for three professional references, and reference letters are optional now but will be required during the final decision.


Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) http://naces.org/ .

This requisition will be used to fill multiple positions.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (EDT) of the posting end date.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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