The Mallott Lab at Washington University in St. Louis is recruiting a postdoc to study the evolution of the primate gut microbiome and environmental influences on host-microbe interactions in humans and nonhuman primates. Funding is available for up to two years and candidates will be encouraged to apply for external fellowships. Washington University in St. Louis offers a full benefit package to postdocs and salary is based on the NIH postdoctoral stipend levels.
The Mallott Lab is a small, collaborative environment that values a team-based approach to science and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an interdisciplinary group that values skillsets from multiple fields, including microbial ecology, epidemiology, and biological anthropology. We have ongoing collaborations with labs in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and excellent research facilities are available both on the main campus and at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Postdocs will be supported in developing their own research program, as well as obtaining career development and technical training that meets their career goals. In addition, mentoring and teaching training can be integrated into the candidateâ™s training plan. This position will primarily be lab-based, including both wet lab and computational work. However, depending on the candidateâ™s interests and goals, field work may be possible.
This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards.Â The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.
Ph.D degree in a relevant field, such as evolutionary biology, microbiology, ecology, anthropology, or computational genomics.
Strong publication record.
Proficiency in one or more of the following skills â“ general molecular and/or microbiological techniques, coding in R or Python, or analyzing sequencing data in a high-performance computing environment.
Experience with rt-qPCR, metagenomic library construction, in vitro fermentation, and/or anaerobic culturing is highly preferred.
Experience with analyzing microbiome data and/or wild animal data collection and analysis is desirable.
Base pay is commensurate with experience.
Applicant Special Instructions
Candidates should email their application to Dr. Liz Mallott (email@example.com) as a single PDF with the following information:
Cover letter detailing research interests and career goals
Names and contact information for three faculty references who can provide letters of recommendation upon request
If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please emailÂ CandidateQuestions@wustl.eduÂ or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the Universityâ™s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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