Postdoc 'Drosophila host responses to virus infection'
We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to study inducible antiviral responses in Drosophila and identify mechanisms by which viruses suppress these responses.
- Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 36 uur
Insects are vectors for transmission of important human pathogens, such as Dengue virus, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus. Insects lack the adaptive immune responses of vertebrates, yet they effectively fight viral infections. Within the insect host, viruses encounter a sophisticated and complex antiviral immune response that is based on small RNAs and inducible responses. Host responses that are induced by conserved signalling pathways such as NF-kappa B and heat shock responses are not well understood.
The power and ease of Drosophila genetics (fruit fly) has been instrumental for the identification and characterization of novel immune mechanisms.
For an ERC Consolidator Grant-funded project, we are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to study inducible antiviral responses in Drosophila and identify mechanisms by which viruses suppress these responses. This project will complement ongoing work in the laboratory on interactions between arthropod-borne viruses and their mosquito vectors.
- Recent PhD degree in molecular virology, genetics, or molecular biology;
- Strong interest in using the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster;
- Practical experience with Drosophila is recommended, but not essential;
- Excellent communication skills and good command of spoken and written English;
- Motivation to do fundamental scientific research;
- You recognise yourself in the Radboud way of working.
Scale 10: max. € 58838 gross income per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
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All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Ronald van Rij, associate professor and head of the laboratory of Experimental Virology. Use the Apply button to submit your application.
Applicants should write a letter outlining specific interests in the position, experience and career goals, a curriculum vitae and contact information of two professional references.
Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be a screening based on the provided CV. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.