Postdoctoral Research Associate
Bile Acid & Steroid Gastrointestinal and Urinary Microbiome Research
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and
Department of Animal Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignThe Position:
Full-time, 100%, (12-month), renewable appointment (contingent on funding) in microbiology/ microbiome science.
Opportunities: Professor Jason M. Ridlon is seeking a highly motivated and capable individual to join the Sterolbiome Laboratory and carry out cutting-edge gut microbiome research projects focusing on bile acid and steroid metabolism related to Cancer & the Microbiome as well as Drug Metabolism & the Microbiome. Our recent work has been featured in journals such as Science Advances, Nature Communications, Gut Microbes, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team involved in microbial gene discovery, bacterial engineering, gnotobiotic pig and mouse experiments, bile acid and steroid metabolomics, single-cell RNA-Seq, and immunological datasets. The candidate will also mine human biospecimens for novel enzymes through screening functional metagenomic libraries and obtaining isolates through culturomics. Other training opportunities include teaching selected lectures each year in biochemistry and/or gastrointestinal microbiology and assisting in the training undergraduate and graduate students.
Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Microbiology, Microbiome Sciences, Biochemistry, or a closely related field. A commitment to research, and an ability to establish an externally funded, nationally and internationally-recognized program of research in assisted reproductive technologies.
Proposed Start Date: March 1, 2022
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Resources: Successful candidates will be provided with office space, and excellent laboratory space and access to core facilities such as the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, Rodent Gnotobiotic Facility, Mass Spectrometry Core, and the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center. The Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (http://www.aces.illinois.edu/) are widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. Potential collaborations exist and are encouraged both within Animal Sciences and outside of the department through the Microbiome Systems Initiative, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Physics, and others. Additional information regarding the department can be found at www.ansc.illinois.edu. The Ridlon Laboratory homepage can be found at: https://publish.illinois.edu/ridlon-sterolbiome/
Application Procedures: Please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement and the names and contact information of three references by Feb 10, 2022 to NAME, Department of Animal Sciences, E-MAIL ADDRESS. Referees will be contacted electronically within 2-3 days of application submission.
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