Post Doctoral Scientist - Microbial Pathogenesis

Columbus, Ohio
We follow the 2017 NIH Post Doc Scales
May 16 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Scientist


The Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to study the role of the nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae phasevarion in pathogenesis of otitis media. To be considered, the candidate must have a Ph.D. in bacterial molecular biology, microbiology, immunology or biochemistry. Experience in bacterial molecular biology is required. Applicants with an interest in the molecular mechanisms that underlie polymicrobial (viral-bacterial) diseases, the contributions of biofilms to the pathogenesis of diseases of the airway, and the immune response to these diseases are encouraged to apply. The Postdoctoral Scientist will investigate the phasevarion of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae as part of a recently-funded grant from the NIH/NIDCD, with the goal of becoming independent in his/her research effort. The Postdoctoral Scientist will also be responsible for the supervision of technicians and student trainees and ultimately procurement of external research funding.




Required skills:


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated peer-reviewed publication record
  • Experience in preparation of abstracts and scientific presentations
  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills
  • Experience in molecular cloning and generation of bacterial mutants
  • Working knowledge of bacterial regulation and hands-on experience in the study of gene and protein expression
  • Bacterial & eukaryotic DNA, RNA and protein isolation
  • Experience with animal models of disease
  • Primary cell culture
  • Proficiency in immunological assessments (i.e. ELISA, flow cytometry) and histology

Please review these peer-reviewed publications regarding this project:


  • Brockman KL, et al. J Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 1;214(5):817-24. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiw243. PMID: 27288538
  • Atack JM, et al. Nat Commun. 2015 Jul 28;6:7828. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8828. PMID: 26215614

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit a letter describing experience, CV, and 3 reference letters to Dr. Lauren O. Bakaletz