Post-doctoral Associate for Dietary Polyphenols, Gut Microbiome, and Metabolic Syndrome Interface. Applications are invited for a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Associate position in a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating the relationships between dietary polyphenols, gut microbiota, and intestinal inflammation, with the goal of developing strategies for prevention/management of metabolic syndrome. Experience with in vitro and in vivo models of human disease, microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry is important. The successful applicant will join a well-established, diverse and collaborative research team, and have access to the resources of a major research university.
Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a publication record consistent with the position, and an interest in natural products and human health.
Please submit CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and list of 3 references to: mseskar@SEBS.rutgers.edu
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a PhD in relevant area of biological sciences. Experience in biological sciences, biochemistry and nutritional sciences major is a plus, and experience in a university research team. Requires knowledge of biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology research, and willingness to work with rodents. Requires good communication skills and computer literacy.
Conduct of laboratory experiments, identification of bioactive compounds in raw plant extracts through spectrophotometry and chromatography. RNA extraction and RT-PCR quantification, conduct of in vitro and in vivo experiments with rodent models, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, training of students, maintenance of laboratory equipment.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Requires specialized knowledge on methods for cell culture, phytochemistry, DNA/RNA extraction, qPCR, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, cell viability, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis. Requires knowledge of the biological effects of nutrition and phytochemicals on the genetic, molecular and physiological aspects of chronic inflammatory diseases.
Will use all of the typical laboratory equipment for biochemical, cellular and molecular biology experiments. Will use Excel spreadsheets, Word processing software, and graphing and statistical analysis software.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to lift 20 pounds, and to have direct contact with rodents.
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