‘Impact of host immune pathways on virus evolution’

Job description

Co-evolution between virus and host can shape the genomes of both. To ensure efficient replication and transmission, viruses need to evade or suppress the immune system, which in turn may lead to counter-adaptions in the host. A PhD position is available in the laboratory of Experimental Virology to study these interactions, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and its natural viruses as a model system. This PhD position is part of the VIROINF (Understanding virus-host interactions by linking virology and bioinformatics) project, in which 15 early stage researcher carry out their PhD research and receive training in virology and bioinformations. VIROINF is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA).


The laboratory of Experimental Virology studies molecular aspects of arbovirus infection. Together with other groups of Radboud University Medical Center, the lab is based in the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), a multidisciplinary research institute in the life sciences. RIMLS provides a stimulating scientific environment, with state-of-the-art core facilities, including cellular imaging, proteomics, and genomics. In 2018, an Aedes mosquito facility including biosafety level 3 laboratory was opened.


Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in a relevant academic field (Bioinformatics or Virology or closely related) or a degree that allows them to embark in a PhD.

Must have great interest and be willing to work at the interphase of the two disciplines (Bioinformatics and Virology).

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Please apply before Oktober 30, 2020
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Key words: Vacancy, Research, PhD candidate, Master, Bioinformatics, Virology, Nijmegen, Gelderland