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Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia

Job Description

A research position as a Postdoctoral Associate in Host-Parasite Interactions is available in the
The Gaji lab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA. The lab is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with a strong interest in Microbial Pathogenesis.

You will be a member of a diverse and innovative group of scientists in defining the role of signaling proteins in Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite and an important human and animal pathogen. The selected candidate will be using cutting edge tools in Cell and Molecular Biology, Proteomics and Live Cell Imaging techniques in studying host-parasite interactions. The expected start date for this position is March 2022.

We are located in the Center of One Health Research (COHR), a recently renovated, highly collaborative, and interdisciplinary vibrant research environment and state-of-the-art core facilities on Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg. The training environment is especially rich for studying infectious diseases because of a robust and interactive research community.
The PI will work closely with the successful candidate in a collaborative lab environment to develop research projects and help the trainee achieve their career goals. Details of Dr. Gaji's laboratory, on-going research projects, and recent publications can be found at the lab website (

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in any area of biological sciences including cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, parasitology, biotechnology, molecular parasitology, microbiology or immunology. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
  • Must be highly self-motivated after initial supervision, willing to learn new experimental skills, and to work individually and collaboratively with a variety of individuals for more than one projects simultaneously.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in mammalian cell culture and standard molecular and cell biology techniques.
  • Proficient in animal studies.
  • Excellent scientific writing and manuscript preparation skills.
  • Prior experience with mentoring or supervising.

Pay Band

Faculty - Salary

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary; Commensurate with experience

Review Date

March 1, 2022

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.

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