Virulence Evolution and Disease Ecology: Post-doctoral Position at Virginia Tech, USA


Virulence Evolution and Disease Ecology: Post-doctoral Position at Virginia Tech, USA.

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Dana Hawley in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. The candidate will work with a cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional team of researchers investigating the evolution of virulence in the naturally-occurring songbird pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum. The incumbent will largely be responsible for the generation and parameterization of within- and between-host models for this system in order to test novel hypotheses about virulence evolution.  The incumbent will also participate in and help guide empirical studies on this system.  Occasional travel to Princeton University will be required in order to interact with the modeling co-PI, Dr. Andy Dobson.  Position includes a competitive salary and fringe benefits.  Funding is available for up to two years, renewable annually based on performance.

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, applied math, or a related field; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to work independently and as part of a research group; and a demonstrated ability to efficiently produce strong peer reviewed publications.  Candidates with a background in infectious =disease modeling or applied mathematics will be given preference. Empiricists with strong quantitative skills are also encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest upon applying online at (posting # SR0140097). Two letters of recommendation should be sent via email directly to Dr. Dana
Hawley at If have any questions regarding this position, lease contact the search chair, Dr. Dana Hawley at or 540/231-8946.

Review of applications will begin July 15th, 2014 and the proposed start date is negotiable.  Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the search chair by the review begin date.