Title Postdoctoral Investigator in Biosyntheses
Categories Post-Doctoral
Organization Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Location Ft. Pierce, FL
Job Information

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, located in Ft. Pierce, FL, seeks a highly self-motivated Postdoctoral Investigator to study marine natural product biosynthesis within the Marine Biomedical and Biotechnology Research program. Our aim is to identify gene clusters responsible for the biosynthesis of marine natural products; to characterize key catalytic machineries involved; and to engineer related metabolic pathways. Interdisciplinary approaches of Genetics, Biochemistry and Chemistry will be applied. The initial job appointment is one year; renewal is possible based on available funding and work performance.

Specific responsibilities include routine and non-routine nucleic acid and protein operations, gene expression and enzymatic assay. The successful candidate will be expected to design and perform research, perform experiments, collect and analyze data, and assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in lab management. It is essential that the successful candidate be able to efficiently follow direction, but also be capable of making independent decisions to ensure accurate results are obtained from all laboratory experiments. Further duties are to work closely with the PI to ensure that goals are being met in the laboratory, to prepare and publish papers in journals, and possibly to apply for fellowships or grants in collaboration with the PI.

A Ph.D. degree in Genetics, Biochemistry or related fields and prior experience with microorganisms are required. Degree must be completed at the time of application.

Good communication and writing skills are also required. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience with creative research including first-authored peer-reviewed publications, and the demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers.

To Apply
Applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources’ job website (, #970663, by completing the Faculty, Administrative, Managerial & Professional Position Application and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format, a statement of research experience and philosophy; and contact information for three references including email addresses.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one’s application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057.

For further information contact:
Dr. Amy Wright
Research Professor


Title Research Associate – Metagenomics and biosynthesis
Categories Post-Doctoral
Organization University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Job Information

The Kwan Lab in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a post-doctoral research associate for a project in biosynthesis and drug discovery. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, zoology, pharmacology or a related field. Experience in analyzing next-generation sequencing data and/or heterologous gene expression is desired.


 The research associate will be engaged in the discovery of biosynthetic pathways for novel small molecules from unculturable bacteria that live in symbiotic association with marine invertebrates. The person filling the position will have the opportunity to advance their expertise in shotgun metagenomics using next-generation sequencing, RNAseq, bioinformatics, bioassays, cloning and pathway expression. The candidate will investigate the chemical ecology of small molecules in the microbiota of marine invertebrates, and pursue bioactive small molecules for drug discovery. The successful applicant will design and conduct experiments, analyze sequencing data, write manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, assist in the preparation of grant proposals, and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students. Interested candidates should submit full applications to, including 1) curriculum vitae with contact information for two-three references, 2) a cover letter with a brief summary of research achievements, research interests and expected availability date.


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