Open Positions

Postdoctoral Positions

MATT ANDERSON LAB: posted on November 1, 2023

The lab is broadly interested in understanding how diversity in individual genomes and among microbes in communities contributes to adaptation. They are seeking one postdoctoral researcher to investigate the genetic determinants that distinguish commensal and virulence traits among strains of Candida albicans. They are also seeking another postdoctoral researcher to explore the eukaryotic constituents of the human microbiome using newly developed metagenomic techniques. More information is available here.

JASON PETERS LAB: posted on October 24, 2023

Job Title: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Bacterial Genetics, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology

Job Description: We seek a motivated candidate to work with us on our newly funded ARPA-H collaborative grant to combat antibiotic resistance (https://arpa-h.gov/news/darts/). We seek to identify gene/pathways involved in antibiotic resistance as well as novel physiological weaknesses that can be exploited in future therapies. The candidate will be responsible for constructing and phenotyping genome-scale CRISPRi libraries in Gram-negative pathogens—including clinical isolates, quantifying CRISPR screen
results using Next Generation Sequencing (e.g., Illumina sequencing), bioinformatic analysis to identify and characterize screen hits, and follow up experiments to validate hit genes in terms of their contributions to viability/antibiotic resistance.

Requirements:
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, Biological/Biomolecular/Biomedical Engineering, or related fields.

Candidates must be within 1 year of Ph.D. graduation and Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.
  • Meticulous record keeping and ability to respond quickly to written requests for research progress.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong candidates will have knowledge of and skills in microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology.
  • Experience in the genetic manipulation of model and non-model microbes and/or synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioinformatics are highly desirable.

Required Application Materials:
Send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills, a CV, and the name and contact information of three professional references. To apply – Please direct completed applications to Jason Peters (jason.peters@wisc.edu).


JASON PETERS LAB: posted on August 9, 2023

Job Title: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Bacterial Genetics, Systems Biology

Job Description: We are seeking a motivated post-doctoral fellow to use CRISPR-based functional genomics approaches to study bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria (e.g., Zymomonas, Rhodobacter, and Novosphingobium) as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. The candidate will identify and characterize genes that lead to increased biofuel/bioproduct yield. For instance, these genes may increase resistance to toxins found in plant feedstocks or mitigate inhibition by the biofuel/bioproduct itself.

Responsibilities:

  • Constructing and phenotyping genome-scale CRISPR libraries in bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria.
  • Quantifying CRISPR screen results using Next Generation Sequencing (e.g., Illumina sequencing).
  • Bioinformatic analysis to identify and characterize screen hits.
  • Follow-up experiments to validate genes as potential engineering targets for biofuel/bioproduct production strains.

Requirements:

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, or related fields.
Candidates must be within 2 years of PhD graduation and Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum requirements

• Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively
with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.

Desired qualifications

• Strong candidates will have knowledge of and skills in microbiology, genetics, and
molecular biology.
• Experience in the genetic manipulation of model and non-model bacteria and/or
synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioinformatics are highly desirable.

Required application materials
Send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills, a CV, and the name and contact information of three professional references.
To apply – Please direct completed applications to Jason Peters (jason.peters@wisc.edu).