Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University | Knowledge Enterprise | The Biodesign Institute
Tempe, Arizona (US)
$47,476 - $50,000 + Benefits (medical, dental, vision, and more)
October 14 2019
Position Type
Full Time
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Tempe, Arizona

Open Date

Oct 11, 2019


We invite applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Abhishek Shrivastava in the Biodesign Institute Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics at Arizona State University. As a Postdoctoral Research Scholar, you will study factors that shape the spatial organization of human microbial communities. The experiments you assist with will combine concepts of biology and physics. Curiosity and hypothesis driven studies of host associated biofilms, bacterial motility mechanisms, chemotaxis, protein secretion, and molecular motors will form a subset of the project. This project is aimed to improve fundamental understanding of the microbiome and the reasons for its correlation with diseases such as oral cancer and periodontitis. Please find a detailed description of our research interests here

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We will begin reviewing applications November 11, 2019 and will continue to review incoming applications on a biweekly basis until the position is filled.


Essential Duties:

  • Use Microscopy, Image Analysis, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology methods for research and will report findings
  • Supervise Graduate students
  • Data analyses 
  • Report/manuscript preparation
  • Assist with the writing of research proposals
  • Coordinate among team members and actively participate in journal clubs and lab meetings

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. (within the past four years) in Quantitative Biology, Biophysics, Microbiology or Cell Biology.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Coding skills with MATLAB or Python
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrate motivation and aptitude for learning and taking on new challenges.
  • The ability to clearly and carefully document results in the scientific literature is desired.
  • The candidate must be able to work effectively in a team environment and balance work on few different projects.

Application Instructions

Application deadline is November 11, 2019.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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