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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Post Doc
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Anticipated Hiring Range $48,000
Position Number 00105788
Work Schedule 40 hours a week Monday-Friday, some weekends.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 196001 - Dept-Population,Health,Pathobi
Department 196001 - Dept-Population,Health,Pathobi
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties

One postdoctoral fellow position in Infectious Disease Microbiology is available in Casey Theriot’s group (Department of Population Health and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University).

The Theriot Laboratory is interested in understanding how antibiotics alter the gastrointestinal microbiota and metabolome to allow for Clostridium difficile colonization and infection. We use relevant animal models of disease to study the bacterial communities and metabolites required by C. difficile to colonize the gut. The selected individual will perform experiments both in vitro and using animal models to test hypotheses regarding C. difficile colonization.

Research activities include management of multiple, concurrent research projects, method development, designing and carrying out experiments, cultivation and growth of anaerobic gut bacteria, performance of molecular and biochemical assay, and data compilation. Procedures will include molecular and cell biological techniques on bacterial cultures and animal infection experiments. Research efforts will contribute toward publications, presentations, and other funding opportunities.

The post-doc will help characterize bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract that are able to inhibit C. difficile germination, colonization and or toxin production.
Applicants with a background in microbiology of infectious diseases and/or bacterial engineering are highly encouraged to apply.
This postdoctoral research scholar is expected to last 12 months, with the possibility of an additional 12-month extension.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The post-doc research scholar will characterize bacteria for their ability to deconjugate and dehydroxylate primary bile acids. Characterization will be done in vitro in an anaerobic chamber and in vivo, using a well-established mouse model of C. difficile infection. The scholar will also help bioengineer bacteria to better manipulate bile acid metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract.

The postdoctoral research scholar will be expected to carry out independent work, make presentations regarding his/her research, to publish their research results in peer-reviewed journals, to participate in grant proposal preparation, and to interact with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills

A deep interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, strong quantitative skills and good oral and writing skills are expected.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Experience characterizing bacteria for biotechnological applications and knowledge in gut microbiome analysis is desirable.

The postdoctoral scholar shall have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant quantitative discipline (microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering and related fields).

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/02/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2017

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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Supplemental Question

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Contact Information for References
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