Research Associate-Fixed Term

Job no: 653342
Position type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Location: East Lansing
Division/Equivalent: College Of Osteopathic Medicine
School/Unit: Microbiology And Molecular Genetics Com 10034586
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

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Position Summary

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics seeks a Research Associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Yong-Hui Zheng. This position will research host restrictions of HIV-1 replication and the mechanism of HIV-1 Env biogenesis.  Dr. Zheng and his lab have uncovered the anti-HIV-1 activities of human APOBEC3F, APOBEC3DE, APOBEC3H, and MOV10. Recently, the lab has illustrated the degradation of HIV-1 Env proteins through the ER-associated degradation (ERAD) pathway triggered by ERManI. The lab currently has projects to study the novel functions of the HIV-1 accessory proteins Nef and Vpr in counteracting host restrictions, as well as translational research projects of developing novel anti-HIV compounds.

The position requires a strong background in virology with cell biology and molecular biology expertise including:

• Cell culture
• Molecular cloning
• Protein-protein interactions
• Mass spectrometry
• Flow cytometry
• Fluorescence microscopy
• RNA-seq

Candidates should have a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M. or equivalent advanced degree in a relevant biological field, and a demonstrated track record of productive research with first author publications.

This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position with reappointment contingent on satisfactory performance and available funding.


Required Degree

Doctorate -Virology, cell biology, molecular biology

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent advanced degree.

Desired Qualifications

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record of productive research with first author publications.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references.

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Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.


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