Postdoctoral Position, Biochemistry and Antiviral Drug Discovery @ University of Connecticut

January 5, 2021

Postdoctoral Position Available

Biochemistry of Herpesvirus DNA replication and Small Molecule Antiviral Drug Discovery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine


An NIH funded postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the Weller lab in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington CT. The Weller lab uses biochemical, biophysical and molecular genetic approaches to study the mechanisms and enzymology of DNA replication in Herpes Simplex Virus. We also use structural and mechanistic insights to drive development of novel antiviral drugs in collaboration with Dr. Dennis Wright Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at UConn Storrs. We are looking for curious and mechanistically minded scientists interested in viral replication and drug discovery. Please see some of our recent publications listed below for more information:

Applicants should be recent Ph.D. graduates in the Life Sciences or Physical Sciences and have experience working with biomolecules including nucleic acids and proteins. The ideal candidate will have technical expertise in protein expression and purification, nucleic acid biochemistry, assay development and enzymology and biophysical methodology for protein/ligand interactions.

MBB has a vibrant, active collaborative faculty working in diverse areas, including DNA replication/repair, protein homeostasis, microbiology/infectious diseases, structural biology (X-ray crystallography and NMR), computational biology, and drug discovery. The MBB department hosts outstanding core facilities for structural biology (NMR and X-ray Crystallography), biophysical analysis and EM. Postdoctoral fellows are employees of UConn School of Medicine and receive a generous benefits package including health insurance, retirement contributions, paid vacation and up to 12 days of paid sick leave per year.

Interested applicants should send a single PDF file that includes a cover letter summarizing their research training and accomplishments, a personal statement of scientific interests and goals, current CV with recent publications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Sandra Weller at