Post-Doctoral Associate - Microbiology & Immunology

University of Minnesota
Twin Cities, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 05, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
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Required Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in a biology-related field (Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology)
  • Previous experience with molecular biology and cell biology techniques: cloning, strain engineering, mutagenesis, western blotting, etc.
  • One or more first author publications
  • Proven record of project leadership and ability to teach/instruct staff scientists on laboratory techniques.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Enthusiasm to work as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior research experience with yeast (fungi) and/or microbial pathogens
  • Experience performing next generation sequencing libraries for whole genome, whole transcriptome, or ChIP-seq experiments
  • Curiosity and desire to learn new skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Interest in or aptitude for genomics and bioinformatics research

About the Job

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position studying the genome plasticity of human fungal pathogens is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Anna Selmecki in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Minnesota .

Typical tasks (These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks).

75% Research and data analysis :

The Postdoctoral Associate will lead projects focused on understanding mechanisms of genome instability and drug resistance in Candida species. The candidate will employ a wide variety of experimental techniques including but not limited to CRISPR mutagenesis, Western blot analyses, and preparation of libraries for whole genome/transcriptome sequencing. They will independently execute, analyze, and troubleshoot experiments related to this research. They will read and study primary literature in this field and will develop new hypotheses and experimental outlines for their research. The candidate will participate in lab meetings, journal clubs, and local/regional/national seminars and symposia. They will present at least 1 formal seminar per year (locally or at relevant regional/national/international meetings).

20% Drafting and writing scientific manuscripts and grant applications :

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for writing manuscripts and communicating experimental results. They will serve as primary author and co-author of manuscripts. They will work with the PI in planning, outlining, and drafting extramural research proposals.

5% Training/supervision of graduate students, technicians, and undergraduates :
The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in the technical training and supervision of technicians, undergraduate, and graduate students in the lab. This will include hands-on training, helping trouble-shoot experiments, and coordinate follow-up discussions with trainees to evaluate and support data analyses.

About the Department

The Selmecki lab within the Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a diverse research team studying genome instability and drug resistance in human fungal pathogens ( Candida species). Candida can cause superficial and life-threatening blood stream infections. Drug resistant Candida are especially problematic and pose a serious and urgent threat to human health (defined by the CDC). This experienced biologist will work on grant-funded research projects focused on understanding the mechanisms driving rapid genome instability (copy number variation, chromosomal rearrangements, and polyploidization) during antifungal drug treatment. They will engineer Candida mutants using CRISPR-Cas9 techniques and perform in vitro and in vivo evolution experiments. Additionally, this researcher will have the opportunity to perform comprehensive genomic techniques, including Illumina and MinION whole genome sequencing, qPCR, ddPCR, flow cytometry, and ChIP-seq. The candidate will contribute significant time to writing research publications.

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How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Interested candidates:
Please email Dr. Selmecki ( ) with the following:
Cover letter Resume/CV detailing relevant publications, research experience, and skillsets Names and contact information for three professional references
This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources. 75100-ben-0105-10_cs_final.pdf

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