Postdoc Fellow in Microbiology
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
United States

Postdoc Fellow

Department Waksman Inst of Microbiology

Salary Commensurate With Experience

Posting Summary

The Waksman Institute of Microbiology of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking to find a Postdoc to conduct research in the Zander laboratory at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology looks for an individual that investigates the interplay between master transcription factors and the epigenome in plant stress responses with a focus on early regulatory events at cell-type resolution and ultimately at single cell resolution. Research is carried out in the Zander laboratory, that conducts molecular, genetic and (epi)genomic research to better understand the role of transcription factors and the epigenome in initiating robust stress responses. The individual is needed to conduct research on questions related to transcription factor DNA binding and epigenome dynamics in elevated temperature and immune responses. By using genetic, genomic and biochemical methods, the individual will identify/analyze/characterize new gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis and other plant species including the investigation of new regulators and the advancement of (epi)genomic profiling methods. The individual will report directly to the laboratory Principle Investigator (PI).

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement

Rutgers University requires all new employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the employee a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use in the United States or a vaccine that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Posting Number 22FA0304

Posting Open Date 03/18/2022

Posting Close Date 05/31/2022


Minimum Education and Experience
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology or subfield thereof (e.g., genetics, genomics, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, cell biology), multiple years of relevant research experience in academia, and experience mentoring and teaching students. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and should be able to effectively communicate science to a variety of audiences.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
An education in genetics and molecular biology is required in order for the individual to effectively mentor genetics and molecular biology on undergraduates. The research projects cover a large span of life science topics and technical approaches, including (epi)genetics, (epi)genomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

Experience with Arabidopsis genetics, proteomics and (epi)genomics. Experience in conducting and analysing RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, and/or ATAC-seq experiments. Experience with training undergraduates in a laboratory setting.
Equipment Utilized
Must be familiar with Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Must be familiar with gel electrophoresis, RNA isolation systems, PCR machines, autoclaves, Apple computers, Windows PC’s, electrophoresis equipment, protein purification systems and proteomics in plants.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Able to stand, lift, bend. Able to occasionally lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Able to reach and grasp with arms and hands. Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors and toxic chemicals. Long periods of standing and/or sitting.

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Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Home Location Campus Busch (RU-New Brunswick)

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Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.
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