Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Post-doctoral Position in Bat Disease Ecology
Job No: 496702 Position Type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: Academic Affairs, Other, Postdoc / Research
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Dr. DeeAnn Reeder and Dr. Ken Field in the Department of Biology at Bucknell University. The preferred starting date is between June 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021. This is a one-year position with the likelihood of renewal.
This position is funded by a five-year R01 from NIAID/NIH Tolerance and resistance responses of African bats to viral antigens: Immunological tradeoffs in zoonotic reservoir hosts. The goals of the project are to (1) understand the role that infection tolerance plays in the ability of African bat species to serve as reservoir hosts for virulent zoonotic viruses, and (2) identify the molecular and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to these tolerance phenotypes. Three species will be studied in Uganda using an Ebola virus-like-particle (eVLP) challenge model in which the interplay between bat heterothermy and immune function will also be explored. Duties for this position will combine both field and captive animal work together with molecular/immunological methods and bioinformatics to measure physiological and immune responses. The postdoctoral fellow will spend ~ half of their time in Uganda each year. Previous experience with field biology (in bats and/or international), comparative ecoimmunology, molecular tools, and/or bioinformatics preferred. Applicants with strengths in any one of these areas are encouraged to apply.
Candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field and proficiency in oral and written English language skills. Applications must be made online at: jobs.bucknell.edu.
Application materials should include three documents:
1. Cover letter that addresses your qualifications for and interest in this particular position,
2. Curriculum Vitae,
3. Contact information for at least three potential references that the committee may contact to request letters, if necessary.
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an appealing Victorian-style town ranked as one of America's best small towns. Lewisburg and the surrounding region offer a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, small-town charm, and amenities such as restaurants, art galleries, an art deco theater, museums, and boutiques. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Thus, we seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts... to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body. We welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.