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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 96205-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences

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Virologist working on RNA biology - Cluster Hire

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Anticipated Begin Date:

SEPTEMBER 23, 2019



Advertised Salary:

ACADEMIC (9 months)

Degree and area of specialization:

Applicants must have a PhD in a biological or relevant physical science. The area of focus includes the study of RNA biology in the context of viral infection.

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Candidates should display a productive record of established scholarship of national and international significance in RNA biology during viral infection, including, but not limited to, RNA structural analysis, epitranscriptomics, and RNA-protein interactions. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

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Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Departments of Pathobiological Sciences, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Oncology, or Biochemistry, seek to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The faculty hire is expected to develop a robust research program aimed at generating new insights into RNA biology during viral infection.

This position is one of a three-part synergistic hiring initiative, "The Metastructures of Viral Infection", which focuses on nucleic acid modifications and structural interactions driven by viral infection. The three faculty positions will expand and complement the Madison Virology Program (MVP). This particular faculty hire will develop a research program geared toward understanding the connections between viral infection and RNA critical for viral replication or persistence, including host or viral RNA structure, function and post-transcriptional modifications. Preference will be given to candidates working on RNA viruses that cause disease in animals or humans, especially emerging or zoonotic pathogens.

In keeping with Madison traditions of collaboration and highly successful joint appointments, the IMV and the tenure home department will act as interactive partners in this hire and will mutually support this position with substantial laboratory facilities, diverse biological, biochemical and virology collaborators, high quality students, and other resources. The successful candidate will become an IMV Member and an MVP affiliate, joining a vibrant community of virologists, complementing and strengthening the UW's outstanding breadth in biological research. Because this is a cluster hire position, there are expectations of synergy with additional new hires in the areas of Viral DNA Superstructure, and Cryo-EM-dependent Structural Virology. It is anticipated that the faculty member will pursue future federal program project grant applications in conjunction with other viral epigenetic and structural virology faculty colleagues on campus. The primary department affiliation and tenure home, among the above listed departments, will be determined based on research scope with significant input from the candidate. UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking among the top institutions in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, which are over $1 billion and growing. The city of Madison provides a vibrant, culturally rich environment consistently ranked highly in national surveys for quality of life.

Further information regarding this initiative can be found at: initiative/

The UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education are all committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. We insist that all new hires embrace the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.


Kim Voss
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Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 96205. Applications must be received through the UW-Madison's online application system.

Click the "apply Now" button above to start the application process.

As part of the online application, and in order to be considered for this position, applicants should upload the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae (CV), and 2) a 2-page description of research accomplishments and future directions.
Please arrange to have three (3) letters of reference sent to by September 16, 2019.

The deadline for ensuring full consideration is September 16, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Questions about this opportunity may be directed to:
Kristen Bernard, PhD
Virology RNA Cluster Faculty Search Committee Chair

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Kim Voss
Institute for Molecular Virology
1525 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1544

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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