Faculty Call: Virus Protein-Nucleic Acid Ultrastructure Imaging — Cluster Hire

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry or the Department of Plant Pathology, seeks to hire a tenure-track (junior) Assistant Professor to develop a collaborative cutting-edge research program aimed at understanding the structure, dynamic responses and function of viral machinery, or virus-host interactions, using biochemical, biophysical, and structural techniques, especially cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM).

This position is one of a three-part synergistic hiring initiative “The Metastructures of Viral Infection” which will expand and complement the Madison Virology Program (MVP). This faculty hire will develop a research program in virology or virus-related cell biology that will take advantage of the resources available in the new Cryo-EM Research Center. The Center houses four new cryo-microscopes including Thermo-Fisher’s 300 kV Titan Krios, 200 kV Talos Arctica, 120 kV Talos L120C, an Aquilos cryo-FIB-SEM, as well as other ancillary preparative equipment.

In keeping with Madison traditions of collaboration and highly successful joint appointments, the interactive partners in this hire, the IMV and tenure home department, will mutually support this position with substantial laboratory facilities, diverse biological, biochemical and virology collaborators, high quality students, and other resources. The successful candidate will become a UW-Madison faculty member, and IMV and MVP Affiliate, joining a vibrant community of virologists, complementing and strengthening the UW’s outstanding breadth in biological research. As a cluster hire position, there are expectations of synergy with additional new hires in the areas of Virus Epitranscriptional RNA Modification, and Viral DNA Superstructure. The primary department affiliation and tenure home (Biochemistry or Plant Pathology) will be determined with input from the candidate. Biochemistry, ranked in the top two US departments in the field, has a diverse faculty exploring wide-ranging aspects of molecular mechanisms and cellular biology. Plant Pathology is a US leader in microbiology and microbe-host interactions in and beyond the plant sphere. UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking sixth in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, which are over $1 billion and growing. The city of Madison provides a welcoming, culturally rich environment highly ranked in national surveys for quality of life.

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