Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Texas at Austin

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow


Hiring Department:

Molecular Biosciences


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Mar 12, 2025





Job Details:

General Notes

PhD must have been received within the past three years. This is a temporary training position that can be renewed annually, for a maximum of five years based upon performance review, progress towards research goals, and continuation of funding.


To work within the Laboratory of Dr. Zunlong Ke at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, the University of Texas at Austin. This Postdoctoral Fellow position is funded by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The aim for this position is to investigate cancer-causing viruses and their interactions with hosts using a spectrum of structural biology techniques. We will take advantage of the state-of-the-art cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), cryo-correlative microscopy, cryo-FIB milling, coupled with functional assays to dissect the molecular mechanisms of cancer-causing viruses.


  • To undertake research aimed at applying cryo-electron microscopy, cryo-electron tomography, cryo-correlative microscopy, and cryo-FIB milling to study molecular architecture of cancer-causing viruses and their interactions with hosts.

  • To identify, develop, and apply a broad range of techniques to pursue the research objective.

  • To draft scientific papers and contribute to the overall preparation of research for publication and grant application.

  • To present scientific progress within the group and at external conferences.

  • To assist in the training of PhD students and to contribute to laboratory-wide discussions on developments within the field.

  • To contribute to the Department’s and University’s mission in the public engagement of science, and the translation of research findings into improvements in human health.

Required Qualifications

PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry or closely related field. PhD must have been received within the past 3 years. A strong background and track-record in molecular biology, structural biology, and infectious diseases. Capacity to plan your own work and objectives on a 12-month basis and manage your experimental work within the project along with your supervisor. Ability to identify, develop, and apply the relevant techniques to achieve the goals of the projects. Basic knowledge in coding language, including but not limited to, basics of Linux, MATLAB, Python. Ability to carry out both wet-lab work for sample preparation and dry-lab work for image analysis. Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise in virology and structural biology. Expertise in cryo-EM, cryo-ET, and cryo-FIB milling technologies. Expertise in computer language, including but not limited to, bash scripting, MATLAB, Python, R, and machine learning.

Salary Range

$56,484 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)

  • May work around chemical fumes

  • May work around standard office conditions

  • May work around biohazards

  • May work around chemicals

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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