A postdoctoral position focused on host heterogeneity in infectious disease susceptibility is available in the labs of Dr. Dana Hawley and Dr. Kate Langwig in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. The candidate will work collaboratively to investigate the role of host heterogeneity in susceptibility in infectious disease ecology and evolution, using the pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum and its natural songbird host, house finches. The incumbent will be responsible for conducting fieldwork in several house finch populations, overseeing captive infection and transmission experiments in house finches, performing laboratory assays, and assisting with quantitative modeling approaches to assess ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of host heterogeneity in susceptibility. The incumbent will also assist in mentoring and overseeing undergraduate researchers. Both the Hawley and Langwig labs are housed within Steger Hall as part of a collaborative space that brings together researchers from across campus that use diverse approaches to study infectious disease dynamics, including empiricists, mathematicians, and statisticians.
- Ph.D. in biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a research group
- Demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed publications
- Background in infectious disease ecology and evolution will be given preference
- Prior experience with quantitative modeling approaches is not required, but preference will be given to those with an interest in learning and applying such techniques
$49,000 - $52,000 (commensurate with experience)
June 4, 2021
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. The proposed start date is negotiable, but could be as early as August 16, 2021.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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Advertised: April 22, 2021
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