Research Fellow – Microbiome Research- Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
October 22 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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Achieve more with the nation’s top hospital (U.S.News & World Report, 2018-2019), ranked No. 1 in more specialties than any other care provider. Joining Mayo Clinic means working at the heart of an integrated, multidisciplinary academic medical center with comprehensive programs in medical education and research that span across three group practice sites. It’s also the opportunity to support a vibrant research enterprise, with programs in clinical, basic and population sciences. In 2015, the institution received nearly $382 million in extramural research awards, supplemented with over $281 million of institutional support. Being a part of Mayo Clinic’s large institution allows for sustained intramural funding, capital equipment funding, technical and computational resources, and exceptional benefits.

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator.

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available to study the role of the human microbiome in the laboratory of Dr. Marina Walther-António at Mayo Clinic. The position is better suited for a microbiologist, microbial ecologist or clinical microbiologist, and someone with a microscopy and bacterial culturing background, particularly experience with anaerobic microorganisms. We have brought to Mayo Clinic a newly developed platform – Optofluidics – automated advanced microscope with integrated multiple optical laser tweezers in a microfluidics platform, which allows the visual manipulation and isolation of microbial cells for single-cell whole genome amplification and other applications. We will use this single-cell platform to discern microbial-microbial and microbial-host interactions. The goal is to perform spatial mapping of microbes in human samples, live-cell imaging and tracking, live-cell manipulation, measure microbial interactions, and perform metabolite and cell signaling tracking. In essence, bring cellular level information to the study of human microecology. The bulk of the work will be centered on endometrial cancer and carcinogenic hypothesis testing, though many other active research areas will be available for investigation.

This position requires that applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in a field deemed relevant by the program. Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.

Our multi-disciplinary group practice focuses on providing high quality, compassionate medical care. We are the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world with over 60,000 employees working in a unique environment that brings together the best in patient care, groundbreaking research and innovative medical education. We offer a highly competitive compensation package.

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