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Post-Doctoral Associate
University of Minnesota in the Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date Posted 09/01/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled


All applicants must have a PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, physics, mechanical engineering or a related field. Expertise in bacterial biofilms, gene expression analyses (transcriptomics and/or qRT-PCR), proteomics, and/or high-resolution imaging is desirable.

About the Job

A position is available in the lab of Ryan Hunter (Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Minnesota; for a postdoctoral scholar to pursue a National Science Foundation study focusing on the effects of cold atmospheric plasmas (CAP), and the reactive oxygen/nitrogen species they generate, on bacterial biofilm communities. In collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, this translational effort will leverage cutting-edge CAP methodologies combined with transcriptomics, proteomics, and high-resolution imaging to probe bacterial activity at the single-cell level. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in microbiology (or related field), a strong publication record, and expertise in any of the following areas: microbial biofilms, bacterial genetics, ‘omics’, and confocal/epifluorescence imaging. Computational experience is a desirable asset, but not required.

The position term is for one year, but annually renewable depending on funding and performance. The successful candidate will receive training in professional development, clinical and translational research, effective communication, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. Start date is flexible.

Position Description:

75% CAP effects on bacterial biofilms
The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for all wet-lab aspects of the study, including preparation of biological materials, application of CAP to bacterial biofilms, proteomic and transcriptomics analyses, and single-cell imaging.

15% Publication and presentation of data
It is expected that the successful candidate communicate their findings through publications in top-tier research journals in the field and via presentation at local, national, and international meetings. Strong writing skills and a publication record would be an asset in this regard.

10% Training and mentoring of undergraduates
It is anticipated that the postdoc will train and foster the development of junior lab members.

How To Apply

Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) names and contact information for three references. All materials should be uploaded through the University of Minnesota’s online system.

Please contact Dr. Ryan Hunter ( should you have any questions.

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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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