Postdoctoral Associate; Dietary Polyphenols, Gut Microbiome, Gut Redox Potential and Metabolic Syndrome Interface
Summary: Applications are invited for a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Associate position in a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating the relationships between dietary polyphenols, gut microbiota, and gut redox potential and intestinal inflammation, with the goal of developing strategies for prevention/ management of metabolic syndrome. The candidate will work on a collaborative project under the guidance of Dr. Ilya Raskin (https://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~raskin/). 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 strongly desired. The successful applicant will join a well-established, diverse and collaborative research team, and have access to the resources of a major research university.
Key duties: Execution of biological experiments investigating the relationships between dietary polyphenols, gut redox potential and intestinal inflammation. May perform cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction, RT-PCR, western blotting, protein assay, enzyme activity, ELISA, genotyping, gel electrophoresis, cell viability, transduction and transfection. Prior experience with animal models of human disease, anaerobic microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis is preferred. May perform extraction, isolation, quantification, and characterization of bioactive compounds from plant extracts through various methods of spectrophotometry and chromatography. May conducts acute and chronic in-vivo studies in rodent models, including gavaging, tissue collection and analysis. May assists other laboratory members in conducting in vitro and in vivo studies. Training and mentoring of students, and maintenance of laboratory equipment is expected.
Candidates must apply electronically online at https://jobs.rutgers.edu. Candidates should also submit their CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and list of three references to Dr. Mirjana Seskar, Research Analyst Supervisor, at email@example.com. Review of applications will commence on 6/17/2019, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Minimum Education and Experience:
PhD degree in relevant area of biological sciences is required, preferably in the biological sciences; biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, nutritional sciences or food science, and experience working in a research team. Knowledge of the biological effects of phytochemicals and nutrition on the genetic, molecular and physiological aspects of chronic inflammatory diseases is preferred. Requires good communication skills and computer literacy.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, a publication record consistent with the position, and an interest in natural products and human health.
Posting Number: 19FA1667
Location: Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 92863
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