Postdoctoral Researcher (Virology)

About the position

Koç University İşbank Research Center for Infectious Diseases (KUISCID) is seeking for Postdoctoral researchers experienced on virology. 

Koç University İşbank Research Center for Infectious Diseases was established in 2020 in Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. The center is committed to further strengthening research and teaching in Medical Microbiology. Research areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, metagenomics, new emerging pathogens, biofilms and the microbiome. The studies focus on bacteriology, virology, mycobacteriology, and mycology, is closely collaborating with the clinicians in Koç University Hospital and basic science researchers in Koç University Campus. We seek candidates (PhD or MD) that complement the current strengths of the Center for the duration of sixty months (5 Years) under a full employment contract with a follow-up opportunity for tenure.

How To Apply

Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, publication list, and at least three reference letters must be submitted online. Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2024.

Applicants can receive support regarding applications to this position via e-mail:

Job Description

Details on the role of the scientists is provided below:

  • Leads R&D activity on virology, particularly in BSL-3 laboratory.
  • Holds responsibility for establishing and supervising the research team.
  • Builds research excellence and institutional capacity of KUISCID.
  • Ensures international recognition and visibility for the KUISCID.
  • Supports the process of translating research results into socially and economically relevant solutions.

Required Qualifications

  • The applicants must possess a curriculum vitae reflecting scientific excellence, according to highly demanding international standards, in the virology, and related fields. 
  • Applicants must be scientifically independent and have a recent research track-record and profile which identify them as leading researcher in their fields. 
  • The applicants should demonstrate high level performance in clinical and basic research areas, training program development, supervising graduate students, and international research


Salary/Contract Information: Contract will be for five years with a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience of the applicant. The expected starting date is August 2024.


The Selection Process Will Consist Of Two Stages:

The received applications will be reviewed and scored by a Selection Committee that will comprise of the members of the International Advisory Board, Koç University Management, and KUISCID Executive Board.

  • Remote evaluation (weight of 70%): analysis of the CVs of the candidates
  • Interview evaluation (weight of 30%)

Criterion Elements to be considered:

Scientific Performance

  • Number of publications as the first author.
  • Number of publications as the corresponding author.

Management And Securing Funds

  • International research projects.
  • National research projects.

Teaching Coordination

  • Research team leadership.
  • MSc supervision/ mentoring.
  • PhD supervision/ mentoring.

Interviews will be conducted via web conference or face-to-face meetings, as may be deemed appropriate.