National Institutes of Health (NIH) - funded postdoctoral position in host-virus interactions



University of California, Davis, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology


Closing Date

Applications will be reviewed starting February 1, 2019, and will continue to be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected.



The Rothenburg laboratory in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar (Principal Investigator: Greg Brennan). The lab uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine host-virus interactions and mechanisms of viral evolution that may promote cross-species transmission. The main responsibilities of the postdoc will include working on an exciting study currently underway examining the impact of adaptive mutations in the viral polymerase on viral transcription and translation, and defining novel adaptive mutations that permit viral replication in otherwise resistant cells (Brennan, et al., PLoS Pathogens, 2014; Brennan, et al., Journal of Virology, 2015). Experience with genomic, proteomic, and/or bioinformatic methodologies is desirable but not necessary. This position is guaranteed for 1 year, and there is the possibility for renewal dependent on performance. The successful candidate will also have career development opportunities including mentoring graduate students, reviewing journal articles, presenting at seminars and meetings, and applying for postdoctoral fellowships.



  • Ph.D. in Virology, Evolutionary Biology, or a related field
  • A strong publication record demonstrating prior experience with molecular biology, cutting-edge sequencing technologies, or proteomics
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and to work as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational skills


How to apply

Please submit a cover letter summarizing your past experience and research interests and Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact information of 3 references via email to