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Department: Molecular Biology

College of Agriculture

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE - # 4650 in Molecular Biology: Dr. Donald Jarvis is seeking a motivated postdoctoral scientist to join his research group in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming ( The successful candidate will work independently on NIH-funded projects involving development and application of glycoengineered baculovirus-insect cell systems to study the role of N-glycan structure in antibody functions, vaccine efficacy, prion propagation and infectivity, and glycoprotein structural biology.

The minimal qualifications are a Ph.D. and training in laboratory methods of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Virology, Glycobiology, Cell Biology, or a closely related field, primary publications in refereed, English language journals, and strong written communication skills. Preferred qualifications are working laboratory experience with methods of molecular biology, virology, and/or glycobiology, baculovirus-insect system, protein expression and purification, carbohydrate analysis, vaccine development, therapeutic antibody development, and/or prion biology. Essential duties will be to independently conduct laboratory experiments in the baculovirus-insect cell system, as needed to complete NIH-funded projects designed to develop and use glycoengineered baculovirus-insect cell systems to study the impact of N-glycan structure in antibody functions, prion propagation and infectivity, vaccine efficacy, and glycoprotein structural biology. Specific duties will include: insect cell culture; insect cell transfection and transformation, baculovirus preparation, purification, and titration; protein analysis by SDS-PAGE and western blotting; plasmid construction and purification; restriction mapping; nucleotide sequencing; recombinant protein expression, purification, and characterization; glycosyltransferase assays; carbohydrate structural analyses; and manuscript preparation in cooperation with the P.I. Once trained, the successful candidate will be responsible for training other laboratory personnel, as needed.

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see UW conducts background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.


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For more information or to apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your scientific background, interests, and qualifications, plus a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional referees to: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.




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