Postdoctoral Fellow - Kading Lab

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 11 Jun 2023

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Kading Lab
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Work Location Position is fully in-office/in-person
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202300972AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $65,000
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/11/2023
Description of Work Unit
The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department, housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to arthropod-borne and emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, retroviruses, prions, mycobacteria and the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs. As such, faculty in MIP have the opportunity to mentor PhD students entering the program through the traditional competitive admissions process as well as veterinary students admitted through the combined PhD/DVM or residency programs. With diversity, equity, and inclusion as one of our strategic pillars, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is committed to developing a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive climate where diverse students, staff, and faculty can thrive. CSU, MIP, and CVID are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion from trainees to faculty. Diverse individuals are encouraged to apply to this position.
Within MIP, the Center for Vector-borne Infectious Diseases (CVID), formerly known as the Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory, is a longstanding multi-disciplinary research and training center within the Department of MIP that serves as a cornerstone for infectious disease research and education at Colorado State University. The successful candidate will be housed within CVID at CSU’s foothills campus.
CVID researchers have been successful in defining mechanisms of pathogen persistence and transmission, and developing new surveillance, control, and prevention strategies for vector-borne and emerging zoonotic diseases. World-class facilities, including BSL-3 laboratories and large insectary complexes, provide an outstanding scientific environment for researchers inside and outside CSU to study pathogens in vertebrate hosts and arthropod vectors. CVID investigators house one of the only bat breeding colonies in the United States for use in experimental research in bat-borne viral diseases.
Colorado State University (CSU) is a Carnegie Research I institution located in Fort Collins, 60 miles north of Denver, in a beautiful location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Enhanced by relationships with CSU, Fort Collins is a magnet for highly innovative new industries and is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy technologies, software/hardware sectors, telecommunications, aerospace and biotechnology. Northern Colorado’s strengths are recognized at the national level. For example, Fort Collins was included in the recent “Places of Invention” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Fort Collins also consistently ranks high in quality of life polls, and the Rocky Mountains provide world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. You will find award-winning schools, a thriving arts scene, a wide range of shops and restaurants, hundreds of miles of walking and biking paths, and a plethora of outdoor activities.
Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 170,000 located along the Colorado Front Range at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality of life measures by numerous publications; see for the complete list. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. For more information on Fort Collins, check out the City’s website:
Position Summary
I am seeking an experienced researcher to study the effect of temperature on transmission of Rift Valley fever and Japanese Encephalitis viruses. These studies will address questions on transmission efficiency, viral population genetics, and the molecular underpinnings of vector competence under different environmental conditions. These studies will involve extensive manipulation with live, infected mosquitoes at BSL3 containment, detailed record-keeping, and testing samples using standard virological and molecular biology techniques. This research will be conducted in collaboration with the USDA in Manhattan, Kansas. The successful candidate will report to Dr. Rebekah Kading and be assigned to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
This project will involve considerable work in a BSL3 laboratory, and managing select agent records and inventory. This position will report to Dr. Rebekah Kading and be assigned to the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
Required Job Qualifications
Applicants must hold a PhD in virology, molecular biology, vector biology, or related discipline.
Demonstrated expertise in virology, molecular biology, vector biology, or related discipline.
Preferred Job Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work productively as a member of a large and diverse research team. Candidates with a background that includes biosafety level three (BSL3) research with arboviruses are strongly preferred.
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research
Job duties include:
 a) performing in vitro and mosquito transmission studies with various strains of Rift Valley fever virus and Japanese Encephalitis virus
b) proficiency in standard molecular biology and virology techniques, including cell culture, plaque assays and RT-qPCR
c) meticulous record-keeping for select agent regulatory purposes
Percentage Of Time 80
Job Duty Category Supervision
Training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students in all of the above procedures. 
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Writing
a) Submitting research articles to refereed journals
b) Presenting results at National and International scientific conferences 
Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume or CV, an example of publication, and the names and contact information of three professional references. In your cover letter, please specifically address the required and preferred job qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the required and preferred qualifications of this position may not be further considered after review by the search committee.
For full consideration please apply on or before June 11, 2023, by 11:59 PM MST.
This search will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - BSL-3
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