Host-Microbe Interactions Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University’s Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics, and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown ( invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the area of microbial ecology with a special focus on host-microbe interactions. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be working in a uniquely collaborative and productive lab. Dr. Krajmalnik-Brown’s lab is leading research on Microbiome and Autism, and Microbiome and Energy extraction and Microbial Ecology for environmental biotechnology applications. The Postdoc will be taking a leadership role in a Gut Microbiome funded project (microbiome-autism), will assist an NIH-funded team, will be exposed to many research topics associated with environmental biotechnology, and will have the opportunity to start new projects.​

Priority will be given to candidates with experience working with biostatistics, functional microbial ecology analysis targeting microbial genomes, microbial pathways, microbially-produced metabolites and/or bioreactor operation as demonstrated through publications and references. 

Essential Duties:

  • Project management, meeting coordination and leadership
  • Experimental design and implementation, data analyses, and report/manuscript preparation
  • Training and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. 
  • Identifying, coordinating, and leading the writing of research proposals and seeking future funding. 
  • Establishing and sustaining interactions among faculty, post-docs, and students across the Centers and the University is central to the position,
  • Coordinating among team members will be indispensable for leading the team's efforts and delivering milestones of the DoD-funded project.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. (within the past four years) in Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Environmental Engineering, Chemical engineering, or Allied discipline

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in host-microbiome interactions, microbe-microbe interactions, microbe-environment interactions; 
  • Hands-on experience with molecular biology and lab-scale bioreactor operations; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  
  • Experience with mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Experience in project management, team leadership, and effective communications


Please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials: 

  1. Cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of current research interests and expertise (2-page maximum)
  4. Three professional references with contact information
  5. One peer-reviewed publication.

Include "Application for Host-Microbe Interactions Postdoc" in the email subject line. Initial review of applications will begin on January 14, 2019; As long as the position is not filled, a review will continue every 2 weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. Salary depends on experience.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy, and broad access.  This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and it welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Tempe, Arizona and is one of the largest universities in the U.S. The Academic Rankings of World Universities has included ASU in the top-100 list of research universities and ASU tops the 2015 and 2016 U.S. News & World Report list of most innovative schools in the US. Thomson Reuters Science Watch ranked ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (School of Molecular Sciences since August 2015) 6th in impact worldwide, based on citation impact.

The Biodesign Institute addresses today's critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability, and security by developing solutions inspired by natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.

The Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology focuses on developing microbiological systems that capture or develop renewable resources and also prevent or clean up environmental pollution. Our team combines engineering approaches with microbiology and chemistry to reclaim polluted water and generate energy from waste substances. Center researchers combine engineering with microbiology, molecular biology, and chemistry in order to gain an integrated understanding of how microbial ecosystems work and can be controlled to reclaim polluted water, generate energy from waste substances, and improve public health and sustainability.

Arizona State University is 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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