A senior research associate position in virology is available at the Influenza Systems Biology Laboratory, University of Missouri (MU). This Influenza Systems Biology Laboratory is functioned across Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine ( https://medicine.missouri.edu/departments/molecular-microbiology-immunology ), Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering ( https://engineering.missouri.edu/academics/eecs/ ), Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine ( http://vpbio.missouri.edu ), and MU Informatics Institute ( https://muii.missouri.edu ), and the lab is physically located at Bond Life Science Center ( https://bondlsc.missouri.edu ). The missions of this lab are to study ecology, evolution, and host-pathogen interaction for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, especially influenza viruses, and to develop and apply systems biology based translational approaches to create influenza-less animal population and human communities. Translational systems biology is an integrated, multi-scale, evidence-based approach that combines laboratory, clinical and computational methods with an explicit goal of developing effective means of control of biological processes for improving human health and rapid clinical application. The current projects aim to 1) identify and predict emerging risks of influenza viruses for both human and animals (e.g. poultry and swine) using genomics sequences, big data and machine learning approaches; 2) develop a universal influenza vaccine, optimize vaccine production and vaccination strategies for disease prevention and quarantine; 3) develop machine learning methods to predict vaccine efficacy for each individual based on personal data, a move towards precision medicine; 4) understand molecular mechanisms for influenza evolution and influenza virus-host interactions, including host tropisms, pathogenesis, and transmission.
This candidate shall have at least a master degree in Virology, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, or related field. Prior experience in influenza virology, reserve genetics, molecular virology, and animal experiments (i.e. chicken, mice, swine, and ferrets) is the minimum. These experiments shall be demonstrated with high quality publications.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and in a team and a broad interest in Systems Biology are expected.
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