Requirements: a PhD in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Bioinformatics or a related discipline by the appointment start date.
Position Description: We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoc candidate who would be interested in joining a new lab that focus on studying microbial natural product biosynthesis. Limited access from natural sources coupled with difficulties in altering their chemical structure – which is usually necessary for drug-like properties – represent the main challenges of natural product drug discovery and development. Our lab aims to contribute to a) addressing the supply problem and b) generating structural diversity not found in nature but desirable for pharmaceutical applications by using genomic and biosynthetic engineering approaches. Successful candidates should have a publication record in microbial natural products research.
Desired Qualifications: Experience with microbiology and molecular biology as applied to natural products research; bacterial genome mining for natural products discovery; metabolite analysis, purification and isolation.
Specific Skills include: Bacterial cultivation, molecular biology techniques including gene inactivation and expression, metabolite analysis by HPLC and LC/MS, scientific writing, undergraduate and graduate student training.
Research Environment: Our lab is located in the Medical District of the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, which is situated only about two miles from downtown Chicago in the Little Italy neighborhood. In addition to cultural diversity, our urban setting provides numerous educational and collaborative opportunities within our College and across institutions in the area.
Appointment: One year appointment with possibility of extension contingent upon satisfactory performance.
Contact: Please send your cover letter and CV containing contact information for three references to Professor Alessandra S. Eustaquio at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “application for postdoctoral position” in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Keywords: Natural products, biosynthesis, microbiology, molecular biology, genomics, specialized metabolites, synthetic biology.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply