The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (
) at Virginia Tech performs world-class informatics research in life sciences, social sciences, and human health by integrating theory, modeling and simulation with computational and experimental science in a transdisciplinary, team science research environment. The Institute’s mission is to solve some of society’s most important problems affecting life sciences, social sciences and human health through transdisciplinary informatics research and education.
As a member of the Nutritional Immunology and Molecular Medicine Laboratory (
) in the
, the Research Assistant Professor – Translational Systems Biologist will work on the
-funded project: Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens (
). The primary focus of this position will be innovative, collaborative research related to mechanisms of mucosal immune regulation during infection with enteric pathogens, including Enteroaggregative Escherichia Coli (
), Clostridium difficile and Helicobacter pylori. The Translational Systems Biologist will collaborate and coordinate efforts with clinical researchers and computer modeling personnel, and will provide a plan for studies in additional
Category A-C enteric pathogens. The Translational Systems Biologist will also coordinate with the bioinformatics personnel in
and assist in the creation and maintenance of immunological databases related to analyses of high-throughput transcriptomics and proteomics data in the context of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
•Ph.D., in immunology, inflammation, cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related field.
•Training in immunology, translational science, systems biology, immunoinformatics or inflammation research.
•Candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program aligned with the
•Demonstrated expertise in mRNA and miRNA sequencing analyses.
•Demonstrated expertise in flow cytometry, mass cytometry, and cell culture assays.
•Demonstrated record of publication in high impact journals peer-reviewed journals.
•Demonstrated expertise in animal experimentation in the context of infectious or immune-mediated diseases.
•Excellent organizational, time management, and multitasking skills.
•Capable of working in a team science environment with a strong inclination for transdisciplinary and translational science.
•Creativity, independence, and self-motivation, with good communication skills.
•Domain expertise in mucosal immunology.
•Expertise in software development.
•Grant writing experience.
•Previous expertise in immunoinformatics and systems biology.
•Computational/bioinformatics skills and expertise.
Must have a criminal background check
Must have a conviction check:
In accordance the university hiring procedures for non-student positions, this position will require a conviction check prior to beginning an employment engagement.
The initial appointment will be a one-year, restricted appointment located in VBI’s on-campus facility in Blacksburg, VA. This position will hold the research faculty rank of Research Assistant Professor. For more information on the university’s faculty ranks, please visit the Faculty Handbook at http://www.provost.vt.edu/faculty_handbook/faculty_handbook.html.
How to Apply for this Job:
Interested candidates should submit a current CV, letter of interest, and listing of professional references upon applying through www.jobs.vt.edu.
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