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The Lakdawala Lab Is Hiring!!

Are you interested in microscopes? Do you think viruses are cool? We are looking for you! The Lakdawala Lab (at the University of Pittsburgh) uses sophisticated microscopy to study how influenza viruses assemble inside of cells. We have an NIH funded position for a researcher to use our custom built light-sheet microscope and study how viral infection manipulates the host trafficking machinery. This work is an on-going collaboration with Dr. Hari Shroff (NIBIB) to use high spatiotemporal imaging to examine influenza virus assembly and reassortment. 

We are a diverse and inclusive group looking for enthusiastic researchers interested in cross-disciplinary science. Ideal candidates include 1) cell biologist/virologist interested in learning microscopy techniques, 2) biophysics or optics PhDs with a desire to learn virology/cell biology,  or 3) you and your unique background.

Position is open now and we will continue to consider applicants until it is filled.

Send CV and cover letter to Lakdawala@pitt.edu

Laboratory of Dr. Kathy Shair
University of Pittsburgh
 UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Cancer Virology Program
PA, 15213.  U.S.A.

Post date: October 10th, 2018

Position: Full time, immediate start date

Experience: Entry-level to 2 years post-doc preferred

 Epstein-Barr virus-associated cancers

 A postdoctoral position is immediately available to identify biomarkers for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated cancers. The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D in the field of virology or cancer biology. The project is lab-based and translational. The incumbent will participate in a 2-year epidemiology project using human biospecimens. Opportunities exist to work with tissue culture and molecular virology techniques. Experience in standard molecular biology and protein analysis is required, but candidates with independent thinking, experimental rigor and evidence of scientific writing and presentation will be the most highly ranked.

 The Shair lab investigates  EBV mechanisms of oncogenesis.  Current projects in the Shair lab include: 1) oncogenic signaling mechanisms of EBV latent membrane proteins (LMP) 1 and LMP2A, 2) determinants of EBV latency and persistence in epithelial cancers, and 3) identifying biomarkers for EBV-associated cancers. The Shair lab at the University of Pittsburgh is housed in the Cancer Virology Program, Hillman Cancer Center, where our common interest is to elucidate the molecular basis of cancer and translational medicine.

 To be considered, please submit a C.V. and names of 3 references to Dr. Shair (kas361@pitt.edu).  Applicants will be continually reviewed until the position is filled. In the cover letter, please also indicate your nationality and eligibility for NIH-funded postdoc training grants.




  • An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to study the control of liver metabolism by a newly discovered family of protein modulators (see Krzysiak et al Mol. Cell 72:985-998 (2018)). Successful candidates are expected to have a strong background in molecular and cell biology methods and mouse models of energy metabolism.  Experience with live-cell imaging, RNA-Seq and epigenetic regulators is highly desirable.
  • A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated individual to study the molecular basis of the neurodevelopmental disorder, PACS1 syndrome (see https://pacs1foundation.org). Successful candidates are expected to have a strong background in molecular and cellular neuroscience and will collaborate with a highly dynamic team that is studying this disorder from the atomic to the whole organism level. Experience with live-cell imaging, protein and membrane traffic, RNA-Seq and mouse models of neurologic disease is highly desirable.

Interested candidates should send their CV and names of three references to: 

Gary Thomas, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
450 Technology Drive, Suite 507
Pittsburgh, PA 15219