Postdoctoral Research Associate – Ahlquist Lab – Hepatitis B Virus Replication and Host Interactions

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and biomedical imaging. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Ahlquist laboratory (Morgridge Institute for Research and McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral research associates to join our studies of the molecular mechanisms of hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication and host interactions. HBV causes most liver cancers, the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide, and encodes a remarkable array of functions with broad implications for disease, cell biology and biotechnology. Outstanding project opportunities are available based on strong foundations in our research and that of our collaborators. These include new roles of key HBV proteins, new facets of HBV–host interactions, and further dimensions in HBV molecular biology. Our studies in these areas are developing and integrating new approaches in molecular genetics, biochemistry, cutting-edge light and cryo-electron microscopy, computational biology, and other areas.

Successful candidates will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a well-equipped, interactive research environment on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. They will find fertile project foundations, opportunities to collaborate with leading groups in and beyond UW-Madison, and support for growth in creative and critical thinking, vision, communications, and other areas essential for varied research careers. We offer an outstanding work environment built around multi-disciplinary approaches, state-of-the-art facilities, and team science. UW-Madison consistently ranks among the top U.S. research universities and the City of Madison among the ‘best places to live in the US’ with a diversity of cultural and outdoor opportunities. In addition to competitive salary, health benefits, etc., Morgridge postdoctoral positions also provide the rare advantage of retirement benefits.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary duties.


Candidates should have a PhD in biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology or another relevant area. They should also have a productive experimental record, strong initiative and a clear desire to spearhead innovative, substantial research advances. Excellent communications skills and the ability to work with a diverse research team are essential. Prior experience with viruses is appreciated but not required.

In order to insure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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