University of South Florida — Postdoctoral Scholar Research

The University of South Florida is seeking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research in accordance with the needs of the lab with viruses and select agents in the BSL3 facility. The candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. Barr and manage institutional compliance with EH&S, Biosafety, and IACUC for work in the BSL3 and BSL2 labs. The candidate will assist with writing IACUC and IBC registrations with USF. The candidate will perform viral inoculations, necropsies, and behavioral assays with small animals in the BSL3. The candidate will train lab personnel in BSL3 procedures. The candidate will publish high-quality articles in peer-reviewed research journals.   

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. With more than 16,000 employees, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.

Part of USF Health, the USF College of Public Health was founded in 1984 as the first college of public health in Florida and consists of a multidisciplinary faculty of 84 scholars, professionals and leaders serving the educational needs of more than 4,500 students in bachelors, master’s and doctoral degree programs. See the COPH website at  to learn more about our dynamic and innovative faculty and College.

USF Tampa is located in a dynamic and growing metropolitan area of over three million residents and offers a wide-range of cultural, artistic, athletic and recreational activities, excellent public schools, close proximity to Gulf of Mexico beaches, and an affordable cost of living.

About you
Essential Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in a field related to virology.  Candidates must have federal clearance to work with select agents or be able to acquire federal clearance.  Candidates must have experience working with small animals including inoculations and necropsy in a BSL3 select agent facility. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with training BSL3 users. Experience with inventories and oversight for select agent work.  Background in vectored viruses, cell culture, and/or molecular biology.  At least 1 year of postdoctoral experience working with select agents. Record of academic and research achievements.  Candidates must be highly motivated, think independently and willing to work as part of integrated multidisciplinary research teams.

Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled. Review of complete applications will begin February 28, 2021.

Salary & Benefits: Nationally competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To apply:  Candidates must complete an online application for Job Opening ID 29488, and upload the documents listed below to be considered for this position.  Documents to be uploaded with the application include a letter of application addressing the advertised minimum and preferred qualifications for the position to which applying, a CV and a list of three references. Review of application will not begin until all required documents are uploaded into Careers. References will not be contacted without notifying applicants in advance. 

According to Florida law, search records, including applications and search committee meetings, are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access institution. Applicants who need disability accommodations in order to participate in the selection process should notify Sheri Shakes at (813) 974-6494 or TDD (813) 974-1758 at least five working days in advance of need.