Sunday, April 6, 2008

Post-doctoral Opportunity in Systems Biology, University of Wisconsin, USA

What might you gain while pursuing post-doctoral research in the Yin lab?
1. Hands-on training in the emerging and exciting area of systems biology, focusing on virus-host interactions,
2. Experience in how to integrate research, teaching and learning (see — skills that are highly valued by academic employers and funding agencies,
3. Guidance by a mentor who has a strong record of placing students and post-docs in stimulating academic (Caltech, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Tufts, UConn-Storrs, UC-Berkeley), government, and industry positions,
4. Opportunities for personal growth at a world-class university, located in safe, attractive and affordable city surrounded by beautiful lakes.

We are advancing new technologies to better understand the growth, spread and evolution of viruses. Active NIH-supported projects are in three areas: (1) flow-enhanced spread and characterization of infections in microfluidic devices, (2) phenotype distributions from measurements and models of infections initiated by single virus particles, (3) dynamics of virus populations in anti-viral environments. Systems of current interest are influenza virus and vesicular stomatitis virus. The most competitive applicants will be exceptionally creative, highly-motivated individuals with experience in:

Quantitative biology: methods to detect and/or quantify nucleic acids, proteins, viruses, virus-like particles, activation of innate immunity. Experience in microscopy, construction or characterization of live-cell reporters of gene expression, quantitative imaging and image analysis would be especially valuable


Engineering or physical sciences: modeling or simulation of reactive systems, fluid and particle dynamics, or microfluidics, with emphasis on the development of data-driven mechanistic models. Experience in parameter estimation, sensitivity analysis and model-discrimination would be especially valuable.

Madison, Wisconsin is routinely ranks at the top of national surveys of ‘best places to live,’ and post-docs here thrive on a rich diversity of outdoor and cultural opportunities. Forward your CV with cover letter, and have three letters of reference sent to John Yin by e-mail (yin[ at ], fax (608/262-5434) or regular mail: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1607 USA.