Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Virology

The George Mason University, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, within the College of Science, invites well-qualified candidates to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the area of virology working with RNA viruses. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The incumbent will work in the laboratory of Dr. Aarthi Narayanan and report directly to her.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Work directly under the Principle Investigator and on projects involving new world and old world alphaviruses, Rift Valley fever virus and flaviviruses;
  • Assist the PI and graduate students in the design, execution, and interpretation of experiments;
  • Work safely with infectious agents in Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3);
  • Perform sterile techniques including the culture of mammalian cells, viral infections, and biochemical/molecular approaches to study protein interactions;
  • Assist/work closely with animal research technicians in BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments.

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a PhD in Microbiology or a closely related field prior to the start date of the appointment;
  • Capable of working with select agents in Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3), including receiving Security Risk Assessment (SRA) approval;
  • Significant experience working as a Virologist and experience working with RNA Viruses;
  • Strong molecular and protein biology skills, including experience with real time PCR, western blotting, immunoenrichment, microscopy and ELISAs;
  • Candidate should be enthusiastic and dedicated, have the ability and interest in learning new techniques; must be able to follow verbal and written instructions; be observant, attentive to detail, organized, efficient, and work well with others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in cloning, next-generation RNA sequencing, and assay development are desired, but not required;
  • Prior experience in working with small animal model organisms (rodents) in the context of infectious diseases will be viewed as a strong asset.

This position is full time with benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year and subject to annual renewal based on performance and the availability of funding.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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