Columbia, MO

University of Missouri - Columbia (MU)

Job Description

The Wan lab at the Bond Life Sciences Center is seeking a Research Associate position in Virology.

This Influenza Systems Biology Laboratory is functioned across Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and MU Informatics Institute. The lab is physically located at Bond Life Science Center.

The missions of this lab are to study ecology, evolution, and host-pathogen interaction for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, especially influenza viruses, and to develop and apply systems biology based translational approaches to create influenza-less animal population and human communities. Translational systems biology is an integrated, multi-scale, evidence-based approach that combines laboratory, clinical and computational methods with an explicit goal of developing effective means of control of biological processes for improving human health and rapid clinical application. The current projects aim to 1) identify and predict emerging risks of influenza viruses for both human and animals (e.g. poultry and swine) using genomics sequences, big data and machine learning approaches; 2) develop a universal influenza vaccine, optimize vaccine production and vaccination strategies for disease prevention and quarantine; 3) develop machine learning methods to predict vaccine efficacy for each individual based on personal data, a move towards precision medicine; 4) understand molecular mechanisms for influenza evolution and influenza virus-host interactions, including host tropisms, pathogenesis, and transmission. Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and in a team and a broad interest in Systems Biology are expected for the following positions.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Occasional and/or light lifting required. Limited exposure to elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, etc., but none to the degree of being disagreeable. May involve minor safety hazards where the likely result would be cuts, bruises, etc.
Routine deadlines, usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressure from persons other than immediate supervisor.
Job frequently requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, ability to distinguish colors.

Restricted Clause:This is a time-limited position, contingent upon the availability of funding.


This candidate shall have at least a master degree in Virology, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, or related field. Prior experience in influenza virology, reserve genetics, molecular virology, and animal experiments (i.e. chicken, mice, swine, and ferrets) is the minimum. These experiments shall be demonstrated with high quality publications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  1. Knows and effectively uses the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of virology and influenza virology.
  2. Ability to organize, interpret data, and derive study conclusions.
  3. Has established scientific expertise.
  4. Possesses and applies a comprehensive knowledge of virology in the completion of complex assignments.
  5. Ability to advance state-of-the-art scientific research in field of virology.
  6. Ability to apply extensive and advanced principles, theories, and concepts.
  7. Ability to contribute to the development of solutions to complex problems that require innovation and ingenuity.
  8. Excellent presentation skills.
  9. Excellent communication skills, verbally and written.
  10. Project management skills.
Application Materials

Complete Online Application, Resume, List of References (minimum three)

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

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Posted: 06/24/2022