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Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Chemical Engineering

Job Description

The new Multidisciplinary InvesTIGATion to Ease transmission of inFLUenza (MITIGATE FLU) project seeks two postdoctoral associates to join a team of engineers, epidemiologists, physicians, and virologists who are developing and deploying novel approaches to study influenza transmission. The project is led by Dr. Linsey Marr, and the postdoctoral associates will be co-advised by her and Dr. Peter Vikesland in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

The postdoctoral associates will join a multidisciplinary team whose goals are to identify host and environmental factors that affect influenza transmission and to develop effective interventions to slow transmission. The postdoctoral associate will be responsible for coordinating experiments with collaborators at the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, Emory University, and Georgetown University as part of the following projects:

1) Development of novel methods for quantifying influenza virus in air and surface samples. The postdoctoral associate is expected to lead the design and construction of robot sampling platforms, collect samples, and analyze samples for viruses, or to design and construct nanomaterial-based sensors for quantification of infectious virus. Results will be compared to those obtained using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and infectivity assays.
2) Studies of transmission in ferrets. The postdoctoral associate is expected to deploy the robot sampling platform during experiments. This will require travel, by driving, to the University of Pittsburgh up to four times per year.
3) Studies of transmission in child care centers. The postdoctoral associate is expected to assist with deployment of the robot sampling platform during experiments. This will require travel to the University of Michigan up to four times per year.

In all projects, the postdoctoral associate is expected to analyze data, prepare and deliver presentations, write manuscripts, and maintain excellent communication with team members. The postdoctoral associate is also expected to mentor masters and doctoral students and attend lab and project meetings. The postdoctoral associate will have the opportunity to learn best practices in multidisciplinary team science. The postdoctoral associate will also receive guidance and training in presenting results at scientific conferences and preparing manuscripts for scientific journals.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, or a closely related field and a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research. Ph.D. must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
  • Demonstrated published research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with viruses and/or human cell lines using molecular and/or culture-based methods.
  • Experience and/or interest in working with animal-like and humanoid robots.
  • Experience working with bioaerosols.
Appointment Type


Salary Information

commensurate with experience

Review Date

10/25/2021 - Open Until Filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

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 Linsey Marr at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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