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Postdoctoral Associate

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Biomedical Science
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific, Veterinary Medicine

Job Description

A Postdoctoral Research Associate Position is available in Dr. Seleem’s laboratory on NIH-Funded project for highly motivated candidates who are interested in antimicrobial drug discovery. You will be a member of a diverse and innovative group of scientists discovering and developing new antimicrobials for the treatment of infectious diseases and drug-resistant pathogens. The training environment is especially rich for infectious diseases and immunology research because of a robust and interactive research community. The PI will work closely with the successful candidate in a collaborative lab environment to develop the project and help the trainee achieve their career goals. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, Pharmacy, biology, medical sciences or related field. Prior research experience in antimicrobial, microbiology, or drug discovery will be a plus. Strong written, oral communication, and critical thinking skills are required. Candidates at both junior and senior levels are welcome to apply. Details of Dr. Seleem’s laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be found at

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will work on specific projects which may include identification and validation of novel antimicrobial targets and characterization of molecular mechanisms of drug resistance. Successful candidates will use and develop techniques for identifying the molecular target of small molecules (antimicrobials, antibiotics, antifungal) and will be responsible for performing animal experiments and testing efficacy of new antimicrobials in animal models. The techniques used may be biochemical-based and microbiological-based approach, biophysics, genetics, chemical biology, proteomics or other disciplines. The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will lead independent research projects within the Group in order to jointly achieve the objectives of our program on the “Identification and validation of novel antimicrobial targets in multidrug resistant pathogens”.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology, or related field. Extensive experience working with infectious disease animal models. In-depth knowledge of the regulations, policies, guidelines, and issues surrounding animal technical procedures. Strong written, oral communication, and critical thinking skills are required. Candidates at both junior and senior levels are welcome to apply.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior research experience in antimicrobial, microbiology, or drug discovery are preferred. Prior experience working on evaluation of bacterial vaccines.

Pay Band

Faculty - Salary

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Faculty - Salary

Review Date

February 1, 2022

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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