An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Bazurto laboratory at the University of Minnesota for a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral research scientist to study formaldehyde homeostasis in an environmental microbe. Successful candidates will have a strong background in bacterial physiology and be able to use a combination of high-throughput genetic approaches, molecular biology, biochemistry, and omics approaches to rigorously investigate. Experience with bioinformatics and/or mass spectrometry is not required but would be beneficial. Professional development in this position will include proposal development, grant writing, and training in hiring and mentorship, presenting results at national/international conferences.
Essential and Other Functions: 80% [Independent research] Design and implement experiments, creatively and efficiently, to achieve the predetermined research goal. Collect, record, analyze, and graphically display data. Remain current on scientific literature and techniques. Adhere to lab guidelines on record keeping as well as data conservation and sharing.
10% [Training junior scientists] Mentor and be a resource to junior scientists (eg, undergraduate students, graduate students, technicians). Teach students to conduct independent research and provide expertise as needed to increase the efficiency of lab.
10% [Communication of research activities] Comprehensively summarize methodologies and results in group and one-on-one meetings in a timely and audience-appropriate manner. Prepare high-quality manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Assist in proposal and grant preparation. Present research results at internal seminars and relevant national/international scientific conferences.
Required Qualifications: PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, or related fields. Proficient in microbial physiology (eg, growth assays, competition, strain construction). Experience with molecular approaches (eg, protein purification, molecular cloning, qPCR) Proven track record of productivity in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent communication skills (oral, written, interpersonal) Ability to work independently and take ownership of a project. Ability to design and execute rigorous experiments. Demonstration of commitment to effective student mentorship.
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