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Post-Doctoral Associate

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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Post-Doctoral Associate
Department SEBS-Plant Biology & Pathology
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

Post-doctoral Associate for Dietary Polyphenols, Gut Microbiome, and Metabolic Syndrome Interface.
Applications are invited for a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Associate position in a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating the relationships between dietary polyphenols, gut microbiota, and intestinal inflammation, with the goal of developing strategies for prevention/management of metabolic syndrome. Experience with in vitro and in vivo models of human disease, microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry is important. The successful applicant will join a well-established, diverse and collaborative research team, and have access to the resources of a major research university.

Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a publication record consistent with the position, and an interest in natural products and human health.

Please submit CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and list of 3 references to:


Minimum Education and Experience

Requires a PhD in relevant area of biological sciences. Experience in biological sciences, biochemistry and nutritional sciences major is a plus, and experience in a university research team. Requires knowledge of biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology research, and willingness to work with rodents. Requires good communication skills and computer literacy.

Conduct of laboratory experiments, identification of bioactive compounds in raw plant extracts through spectrophotometry and chromatography. RNA extraction and RT-PCR quantification, conduct of in vitro and in vivo experiments with rodent models, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, training of students, maintenance of laboratory equipment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Requires specialized knowledge on methods for cell culture, phytochemistry, DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, cell viability, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis. Requires knowledge of the biological effects of nutrition and phytochemicals on the genetic, molecular and physiological aspects of chronic inflammatory diseases.

Equipment Utilized

Will use all of the typical laboratory equipment for biochemical, cellular and molecular biology experiments. Will use Excel spreadsheets, Word processing software, and graphing and statistical analysis software.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Must be able to lift 20 pounds, and to have direct contact with rodents.


85% Execution of biological experiments investigating the relationships between dietary polyphenols, gut microbiota, and intestinal inflammation. May perform cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction, qRT-PCR, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, cell viability, transduction and transfection. Prior experience with animal models of human disease, anaerobic microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis is preferred. Performs extraction, isolation, quantification, and characterization of bioactive compounds from plant extracts through various methods of spectrophotometry and chromatography. Conducts acute in-vivo studies in rodent models, including gavaging, tissue collection and analysis. Assists other lab members in conducting in vitro and in vivo studies. Expected outcomes are high quality results suitable for publication and documentation in peer reviewed journals and for support of grant applications.

5% Keeps records of work, analyzes data, assists in the preparation of manuscripts for publications. Responsible for coherent documentation to enable effective analysis. A legibly written continually updated laboratory notebook is required.

5% Maintains laboratory equipment, hazardous waste removal, keeps inventory of supplies. Expected outcome is a proper adherence to all health and safety inspection protocols and regulations.

5% Will be assisting in training students and other part-time hourly personnel in experimental techniques and the proper use of equipment and machinery in the laboratory. Expected outcome is an efficiently run experimental procedure with reliable results.


Posting Details

Posting Number 17FA1233
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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick)

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Research Statement