The Hauser lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in the field of bacterial pathogenesis and genomics. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Professor Alan R. Hauser in the Departments of Microbiology-Immunology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Northwestern University in Chicago. The NIH-funded project will use genomic, computational, and molecular approaches as well as animal models to quantify and predict the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains and to characterize novel mechanisms by which they cause severe infections.
The Hauser lab is focused on the use of genomic approaches to better understand bacterial pathogenicity and colonization. These investigations have been applied to multidrug-resistant bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. To date, studies have led to the identification of several novel virulence factors and pathogenicity islands and have led to genomic-based models to predict the virulence of bacterial pathogens. Other studies have focused on “high-risk” clones of multidrug resistant bacteria that have spread globally. We are expanding these studies to identify additional novel virulence and colonization/transmission factors that will then be characterized using molecular techniques, microscopy, tissue culture and animal models to explore their mechanisms.
We are looking for a self-motivated candidate who is passionate about microbial pathogenesis. The candidate should be near completion of his/her/their doctoral degree in microbiology or a related field. The successful applicant will be highly collaborative and a strong communicator. He/she/they should be able to work independently, mentor other lab members, and have a strong work ethic. The candidate will be encouraged to apply for funding opportunities. Experience in microbiology is required, and experience with genomic, computational, or bioinformatic techniques is an advantage.
Why join us?
The Hauser lab is a dynamic group of talented scientists surrounded by a highly collaborative and supportive environment. Our lab consists of undergraduates, graduate students, PhD postdocs, and MD fellows all working together to solve important infectious disease problems by approaching them from different angles. Ongoing collaborations are in place with other departments, universities, and companies. The environment is cutting edge, and projects provide opportunities for professional advancement. To date, six former postdoctoral fellows from the Hauser lab hold academic appointments of Assistant or Associate Professor.
Please visit http://labs.feinberg.northwestern.edu/hauser/ to learn more. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your CV and a cover letter describing your interests.
Writing papers and grants
Ph.D. in microbiology or related field
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Cloning, PCR, immunoblots, growth of bacteria, DNA and protein electrophoresis
Written and verbal communications skills
Ability to work as a team
Teaching of other lab members
Ability to learn new techniques
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Whole genome sequencing
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