Postdoctoral Researcher Position – Role of conserved nonribosomal peptides in mediating bacterial motility and host interaction

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ORGANIZATION: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Center for Biomolecular Sciences.

START DATE: Flexible and as early as February 2020.

REQUIREMENTS: a PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Biology or a related discipline by the appointment start date. Successful candidates should have a publication record in microbial natural products research or related field.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoc candidate who would be interested in contributing to a NSF‐funded project. The major goal of this project is to investigate the role a conserved family of nonribosomal peptides play in proteobacterial behavior such as motility, biofilm formation, and host interaction.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with microbiology and molecular biology as applied to natural products research. Experience with genetic engineering and transcriptomics.

SPECIFIC, DESIRED SKILLS INCLUDE: Bacterial cultivation, molecular biology techniques including gene inactivation and expression, metabolite analysis by HPLC and LC/MS, RNA isolation, RNA‐seq, scientific writing, undergraduate and graduate student training.

RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT: Our laboratory is located in the Medical District of the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, which is situated only about two miles from downtown Chicago in the Little Italy neighborhood. In addition to cultural diversity, our urban setting provides numerous educational and collaborative opportunities within our College and across institutions in the area.

APPOINTMENT: One year appointment with possibility of extension contingent upon satisfactory performance.

CONTACT: Please send your cover letter and CV containing contact information for three references to Professor Alessandra S. Eustaquio at Please include “application for postdoctoral position” in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

KEYWORDS: Natural products, microbiology, molecular biology, transcriptomics, genetics, nonribosomal

peptides, bacterial behavior, bacteria‐host interaction.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois at Chicago may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.