Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow - Akkina Lab in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Akkina Lab

Research Professional Position

Posting Number 201801026AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $44000-$55000

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date 11/02/2018

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/06/2019

Description of Work Unit

The Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) Department is comprised of over 400 individuals who share a common passion for solving some of the most important human and animal health problems today. Research programs include those related to mycobacteria, retroviruses, prions, and arthropod-borne infectious diseases, as well as the diagnostic investigation of naturally-occurring animal diseases. A leader in education, MIP provides the only microbiology undergraduate degree program in Colorado, a graduate program that provides training in a number of cutting-edge disciplines, and several specialized veterinary residency training programs.

Position Summary

Colorado State University is a world class research institution that is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to help facilitate the development of new groundbreaking research in HIV, SIV and other infectious diseases. This post-doc will independently and collaboratively conduct experiments in viral pathogenesis as well as participate in experiments involving the evolution of SIV into HIV using a humanized mouse model, with particular emphasis on multiplexed PCR amplicon generation, variant frequency analysis and advanced genetic read mapping, to determine cross-species viral adaptation. This will include performing assays such as whole genome next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and statistical analysis, flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, ddPCR, and various virology/immunology techniques. This represents a unique opportunity in molecular/translational virology research providing valuable experience for a future in either academia or industry.

Interested applicants must have experience in next generation sequencing from sample prep to data analysis, including knowledge of sequencing analysis and alignment softwares such as Geneious, Modeler, SNPGenie, Bowtie and R. See representative work: Schmitt K et al Virology, 2017; Charlins P et al Virology, 2017; Schmitt K et al J Med Primatol. 2018; Bennett M et al Viruses 12:3119, 2013; Schmitt and Akkina Front Immunol, 2018; Akkina R et al AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 32:109, 2016.

Required Job Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned PhD in virology or a directly related field. Must show evidence of experience with basic virology techniques and next generation sequencing from sample prep to data analysis, including knowledge of sequencing analysis and alignment softwares such as Geneious, Modeler, SNPGenie, Bowtie and R. The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the United States at time of application. The Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology department will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Prior experience in HIV research and animal handling/procedures is particularly desirable. Also software experience in flow cytometry and qRT-PCR are preferred.

Diversity Statement

• Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Postdoctoral Researcher

Duty/Responsibility

Research involving HIV/SIV and other RNA viruses in vitro and in vivo utilizing a humanized mouse model. Conduct experiments in viral pathogenesis as well as participate in experiments involving the evolution of SIV into HIV using multiplexed PCR amplicon generation, variant frequency analysis and advanced genetic read mapping to determine cross-species viral adaptation.

Percentage Of Time 90

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Grant and Manuscript writing

Duty/Responsibility

Writing manuscripts on research results and assisting with grant reports.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter addressing all the requirements of the position, and your interest in this research, a CV, and the names and contact information for three references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials

Search Contact Ramesh Akkina | Ramesh.Akkina@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  • The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the United States at time of application. The Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology department will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. Are you legally eligible to work in the United States at this time of application?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents