Academic

Title Postdoctoral Investigator
Categories Academic
Organization University of Texas Health Science Center, Institute of Molecular Medicine
Location Houston, Texas, USA
Website https://www.uth.edu/index/index.htm
Contact gerald.f.bills@uth.tmc.edu
Job Information

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN MICROBIAL NATURAL PRODUCT CHEMISTRY AND ANTIFUNGAL DISCOVERY

Job Description

The Microbial Natural Products group at the Institute of Molecular Medicine’s Texas Therapeutics Institute has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral scientist. The position is for up to 3 years and is funded by an NIH-sponsored project to find new fungal metabolites that interfere with growth and virulence of the meningitis pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans. The project is supervised by Profs. Gerald Bills at UTHealth and James Gloer at the University of Iowa. Our overall research program is directed towards on the discovery and development of novel antimicrobial agents and an understanding of their biosynthesis. We are soliciting highly motivated applicants with a strong foundation in natural product chemistry. Hands-on experience with the methods of secondary metabolite purification (HPLC and other chromatography techniques) and structure determination (NMR and MS data interpretation) is essential. Enthusiasm for and familiarity with culturing microorganisms, antimicrobial assays, metabolomics, or elucidation of biosynthetic pathways would be highly beneficial. Applicants need to have obtained their Ph.D. to be eligible for the position. Applicants with authorization to work in the USA will be given priority. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references. The successful applicant will be selected based on the quality and breadth of their previous research experience, publication record, potential for scientific growth and development, and enthusiasm for being involved in antibiotic discovery. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Completed applications and questions should be emailed to Prof. Gerald Bills, gerald.f.bills@uth.tmc.edu.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States. It offers a diverse and stimulating living environment and world class transportation facilities. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the most comprehensive academic health center in Texas. It educates and trains health professionals and biomedical scientists, conducts cutting edge biomedical, behavioral, and population research, and provides both primary and highly specialized medical, dental, and public health care expertise. The laboratory is located on the 6th floor of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s South Campus Research Building 3, in a wing dedicated to UTHealth’s Institute of Molecular Medicine. Other facilities of the Institute of Molecular Medicine are located a short distance away in the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building.

“UTHealth is an EEO/AA employer. UTHealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or any other basis prohibited by law. EOE/M/D/F/V”.

 


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