Postdoctoral Fellow in Botanical Approaches to Combat Metabolic Syndrome
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey Department of Plant Biology
United States

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Candidates must apply electronically on Candidates should also submit their CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, copy of their PhD/MD degree and list of 3 references to Dr. Mirjana Seskar at

Position Details

Recruitment/Posting Title Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department SEBS-Plant Biology

Salary Commensurate With Experience

Posting Summary

Botanical Approaches to Combat Metabolic Syndrome

Summary: Applications are invited for a NIH-funded Postdoctoral fellowship Institutional Training Grant entitled “Training in Botanical Approaches to Combat Metabolic Syndrome”. Seeking PhD with biomedical research experience who is interested in conducting research into the use of botanicals to prevent and treat metabolic syndrome. Evidence of productive research experience and skills in scientific writing are highly desirable. Fellowship provides up to three years of funding for training in lab skills and coursework necessary for establishing an independent research career. The candidate will work at Rutgers University under the guidance of Dr. Ilya Raskin in partnership with Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University. The successful applicant will join a well-established, diverse, and collaborative research team, and have access to the resources of two major research universities.

Key duties: Execution of biological experiments related to obesity and diabetes, and the use of botanicals to attenuate symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome. May perform cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction, RT-PCR, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, cell viability, transduction and transfection. Prior experience with animal models of human disease, microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis is preferred. May perform extraction, isolation, quantification, and characterization of bioactive compounds from plants through various methods of spectrophotometry and chromatography. May conducts acute and chronic in-vivo studies in rodent models, including gavaging, tissue collection and analysis. Training and mentoring of students, and maintenance of laboratory equipment is expected.

Posting Number -20FA1198

Posting Open Date- 12/09/2020

Minimum Education and Experience

Requirements: Must be a US citizen or green card holder. MD or PhD degree in relevant area of biological sciences is required, preferably in the biological sciences; biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, nutritional sciences or food science, and experience working in a research team. Knowledge of the biological effects of phytochemicals and nutrition on the genetic, molecular and physiological aspects of chronic, non-communicable diseases is preferred. Requires good communication skills and computer literacy.

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


PhD required at the time of application OR must have PhD on or before the start date.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must apply electronically on
Candidates should also submit their CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, copy of their PhD/MD degree and list of 3 references to Dr. Mirjana Seskar at

Quick Link to Posting

Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Home Location Campus Cook (RU-New Brunswick)

Location Details

59 Dudley Road – Foran Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

*Are you a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident?

*Did you obtain your PhD or MD degree after 2016?
(Open Ended Question)

Are you looking for a research position in academia or industry?
(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Professional References (contact Info)
  • Certifications/Licenses
  • Optional Documents
  • Research Statement

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