Postdoctoral Associate

Piscataway, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts
Competitive salary based on experience
October 31 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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Two postdoctoral positions are available IMMEDIATELY for an exciting interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration between Dr. Sagar Khare (Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, Piscataway; and Dr. Eduardo Sontag (starting January 2018, Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston; to work on a project combining protein design, directed evolution, and control theory for designing and characterizing a novel class of enzyme-based synthetic biological circuits in vitro and in living cells. The molecular design and experimental characterization aspects will be carried out at Rutgers University's Khare Lab and the mathematical developments will be carried out at NEU's Sontag Lab.  The two groups will work closely and have regular meetings/interactions (virtual and in person). We are seeking creative, highly motivated and self-starter postdocs who enjoy working in a collaborative research environment and are interested in a truly interdisciplinary training experience.  Initial appointment will be for one year, with a second year appointment subject to satisfactory progress and budget constraints.  Depending on funding, additional years might be possible.

Position at Rutgers:

We are seeking a recent PhD graduate in biological chemistry, biomolecular engineering, molecular biophysics or related fields. Experience and expertise in molecular cloning techniques and protein expression/purification from bacteria/yeast, measuring enzyme kinetics, and other biophysical techniques is required. Familiarity with directed evolution and/or molecular modeling and protein design will be beneficial. Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing research experience and interests, CV, the names of three references to Sagar Khare (, please also refer to for the official Rutgers University job posting.

Position at NEU:

We are seeking a recent PhD graduate in Applied Mathematics, Control Theory, Bioengineering, or other quantitative fields who is interested in working on problems at the interface of dynamical systems / control theory and biological systems. The candidate should be interested and capable of researching appropriate biochemistry and biological literature, building deterministic and stochastic mathematical models, and applying theoretical tools to their analysis.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing research experience, and interests, CV, sample publications, and the names of three references (with email addresses and other contact information) to Eduardo Sontag (  Supporting files should be shared via cloud (gdrive, dropbox), not attached to email.

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