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Scientist - Virus/Host Interactions (Functional Genomics & Cell Biology)

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
Dec 6, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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The research group of Dr. Andreas Puschnik at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is looking for passionate and talented Scientists (in particular, recent/soon-to-be PhD graduates or postdoctoral-level researchers). Our lab is interested in studying virus-host interactions with particular focus on 1) what are the cellular factors that are hijacked by viruses to establish successful infection, 2) how does the innate immune system interfere with different steps in the viral life cycle, and 3) can we modulate pro- and antiviral pathways for therapeutic purposes. To address these, we employ a combination of large-scale CRISPR screens, genetics/cell engineering, development of reporter viruses, and molecular and cell biology techniques.

Examples of our work are listed below:

* Kulsuptrakul et al. A genome-wide CRISPR screen identifies UFMylation and TRAMP-like complexes as host factors required for hepatitis A virus infection. Cell Rep. (2021)

* Wang*, Simoneau* et al. Genetic Screens Identify Host Factors for SARS-CoV-2 and Common Cold Coronaviruses. Cell. (2021)

* Ngo et al. The ER membrane protein complex is required to ensure correct topology and stable expression of flavivirus polyproteins. Elife (2019)

* Puschnik et al. A Small-Molecule Oligosaccharyltransferase Inhibitor with Pan-flaviviral Activity. Cell Rep. (2017)

* Marceau*, Puschnik* et al. Genetic dissection of Flaviviridae host factors through genome-scale CRISPR screens. Nature. (2016)

About the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub ( [ is a one-of-a-kind independent nonprofit research institute that brings together three powerhouse universitiesStanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Franciscointo a single collaborative technology and discovery engine. CZ Biohub itself supports some of the brightest, boldest engineers, data scientists, and biomedical researchers to make breakthroughs in medicine and develop new technologies, frequently in collaboration with our partner universities. We are guided by our values of scholarly excellence; disruptive innovation; hands-on engineering/hacking/building; partnership and collaboration; open communication and respect; inclusiveness; and opportunity for all.

What We Provide

* Resources to disrupt and innovate at the frontiers of our knowledge of biology and disease

* A collegial and collaborative environment consisting of diverse expertise

* Existing collaborations within CZ Biohub: Bioengineering, Computational Microscopy, Data Science, Genome Editing, Infectious Diseases, and Quantitative Cell Science

* Access to collaborators, resources and facilities at our three partner universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco) and at partner organizations in the Bay Area and beyond

* Competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with experience


Essential -

* PhD (or equivalent) in Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Bioengineering or related disciplines

* Highly motivated and passionate to pursue fundamental research with translational applications

* Strong interest and hands-on expertise in molecular virology, immunology, cell biology, or functional genomics

* Experience in mammalian cell culture, CRISPR gene editing, DNA/RNA/protein molecular biology techniques is desired

* Familiarity with viral infection experiments is desired but not required

* To apply, please provide a cover letter, your most recent CV and contact information of 2-3 references

_Chan Zuckerberg Biohub requires all employees, contractors, and interns, regardless of work location or type of role, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof to Human Resources. New CZ Biohub staff must be fully vaccinated within 6 weeks of their start date unless a reasonable accommodation is approved for those who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability, or who choose not to be vaccinated due to a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance._


We offer a robust benefits program that enables the important work Biohubbers do everyday. Our benefits include healthcare coverage, life and disability insurance, commuter subsidies, family planning services with fertility care, childcare stipend, 401(k) match, flexible time off and a generous parental leave policy. In addition, we honor our commitment to career development and our value of scholarly excellence through regular onsite opportunities to learn from the world's leading scientists.

CZ Biohub is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive organization where all Biohubbers feel inspired and know their work makes an important contribution. Therefore, we provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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