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Postdoctoral Associate – Zhu Lab

Agriculture / Life Science


Postdoctoral Associate – Zhu Lab

  • 522238
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Biochemistry
  • Agriculture / Life Science
  • Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the laboratory of Professor Jinsong Zhu in the Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech. The lab uses state-of-the-art functional genomics approaches to investigate the molecular regulation of mosquito reproduction. The successful candidate will elucidate signal transduction pathways that govern reproduction in female mosquitoes and investigate chromatin state transitions associated with hormonal signaling. The postdoctoral scientist will have the opportunity to develop related research projects as long as they overlap with the interests of the lab. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The postdoctoral associate will conduct research on the two projects listed, including mentoring/training graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants are expected to work independently, assist in project design and data analysis, author manuscripts for peer review, and present at national/international conferences.

Job Responsibilities Include: Performing experiments to explore the molecular regulation of mosquito reproduction and completing data analysis. Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Preparation and revision of manuscripts and grant applications. Participation in lab meetings.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have completed a recent Ph.D. in life sciences awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining. Prior expertise in at least some of the following areas is essential: molecular biology, entomology, microbiology, and genetics. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding communication skills via a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in any of the following areas is highly desirable: Data analysis of high-throughput DNA/RNA sequencing results, RNAi, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing.

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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.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Jinsong Zhu at zhujin@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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