Boone, North Carolina
Salary Range: 50,000-60,000 per year
March 31 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

A two year Postdoctoral Research Associate position is open in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University (start date is flexible). The Bleich and Opata labs are collaborating to establish waste water COVID-19 surveillance across campus. The postdoc will work primarily in the Bleich lab as a key member of the research team involved with the waste water testing and related gut microbiome research. As part of the collaborative research team, the postdoc will also receive mentorship from Michael Opata investigating the immunological aspects of the project. The successful candidate will be involved in the development and application of this protocol, and related research questions.  The project will use techniques including RNA/DNA isolation, droplet digital PCR, gene expression analyses, and sequencing. Additionally, experience or interest in epidemiology is desired. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and analytical skills and an ability to attain a high degree of independence in a new and dynamic research environment.

Working on Research Projects: This will be done alongside and under the supervision of the principal investigators.

  • Development of waste water surveillance pipeline, data collection, and analysis.
  • Ensure that all experiments are conducted to the highest standard following the policies and procedures in a BSL2 environment.
  • Serve as a liaison among collaborating partners.
  • Participate/ assist in manuscript and proposal writing and attending scientific conferences and meetings.
  • Provide training and supervision of students and colleagues.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies.


Opportunities for an ambitious and enthusiastic postdoc to develop future research:

  • Developing research ideas and proposing suitable methodologies and analyses.
  • Writing and submitting grant applications.

Interested candidates can find more information and apply at and address questions to Dr. Rachel Bleich.