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Research Scientist

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Aylward lab at Virginia Tech is seeking a Research Scientist interested in the ecology, evolution, and genomics of DNA viruses. Responsibilities include a sizable leadership role that will necessitate independent research as well as mentorship of postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the lab, as well as searching and applying for external funding, where appropriate. The researcher will have the opportunity to work in several areas of ongoing research in the laboratory, including the isolation and genomic analysis of giant viruses and other DNA viruses, cultivation of diverse hosts, analysis of evolutionary relationships and genomic repertoires of different viral groups, and the development of bioinformatic methods for genomic and evolutionary analyses. The research will address critical questions regarding the evolution and interaction of viruses with bacterial and protist hosts in nature. Candidates will lead their own independent research projects and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. Experience with both experimental and computational approaches is desirable, as is proficiency in widely-used microbiological methods. The Aylward lab is a vibrant and dynamic work environment that welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. More information on the lab and current research can be found on the website: For inquiries contact

Required Qualifications

PhD in relevant field (microbiology, genomics, etc. )
Knowledge and enthusiasm for microbial evolution and genomics
Experience developing materials for publications

Preferred Qualifications

Previous postdoc experience
Experience working with cultures of bacteria/algae/viruses
Experience with a coding language (preferably Python or R) and working with bioinformatic workflows.
Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience but within budget maximum

Review Date

June 10, 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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