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Postdoctoral Associate

Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Closing date
Mar 17, 2022

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Life Sciences, Bioengineering, Microbiology
Position Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a creative scientist with a background in natural products and/or microbiology to work on an antibiotic discovery. The successful applicant will join a team of talented researchers at the Antimicrobial Discovery Center. Several drug lead candidates came out of our lab – ADEP (Conlon et al., Nature 2013); teixobactin (Ling et al., Nature 2015); darobactin (Imai et al., Nature 2019; Hundeep et al., Nature 2021), hygromycin A (Leimer et al., Cell 2021). We recently developed a microfluidics-based platform for antibiotic discovery that identifies attractive hits prior to chemical characterization. In combination with the ability to grow uncultured bacteria (Ling et al., Nature 2015), this gives us a virtually unlimited access to untapped biodiversity. At our well-funded lab, you will find a friendly, supportive environment. We collaborate with experts in the Boston area (Harvard, The Broad Institute, Tufts) and with Universities around the world. The computational project is a collaboration with Marnix Medema, the developer of antiSMASH, and Doug Mitchell, developer of RRE-Finder.

            A strong record of publications in computational biology is an essential requirement. Familiarity with biosynthetic gene clusters is a plus.

The appointment will be for a minimum of 2 years with possible extension. Highly competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a package of benefits.

            The campus is in a pleasant location in the heart of downtown Boston, in the Longwood Medical area, near restaurants, walking distance to Fenway park, the art Museum and the Symphony. Please e-mail a CV and names of 3 references to Dr. Kim Lewis, (Antimicrobial Discovery Center, Department of Biology, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115).

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