Postdoctoral position in Bacteriophage-Host Interactions

Open date: June 30th, 2021

Closed date: until position is filled

Availability: immediately

Location: San Diego, California

Position description:

We are actively seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the lab of Dr. Dwayne Roach at San Diego State University in the Department of Biology. The overall objectives of the laboratory are to understand and exploit phage-host interactions at low oxygen (hypoxia) environments in Pseudomonas aeruginosa using adaptive laboratory evolution. Understanding resistance mechanisms that inhibit phage infection can help in the design of more robust phage therapeutics. The laboratory uses a multidisciplinary approach that spans microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics, drug discovery, and in vivo modeling. Successful candidates will be joining a dynamic laboratory within an outstanding research environment.

The candidate should have:

· expertise in infectious disease

· experience in isolating and culturing bacteria and phages

· experience in DNA isolation, genome sequencing and annotation

· experience in identification of mutations in evolved microbes

· must be highly motivated and able to work independently and with a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers

· a keen interest in the bacteriophages!

The appointee will be expected to be both highly independent and collaborative, and they will have significant leeway in the scope and design of projects. The appointee will support and contribute to ongoing research projects, provide training and supervision to junior colleagues, generate and prepare data for presentation and/or publication, and work in a highly organized, professional and collaborative manner with both internal and external collaborators. The ability to exhibit independent decision making and participate in group discussions is expected in designing and implementing strategies for achieving shared research goals. The appointee will write papers for publication and contribute to grant applications, and present conferences.

There is ample opportunity for research growth and multi-institutional collaboration. San Diego State University is a renowned research institution with vast opportunities for unique collaborations within the institution as well as with neighboring institutes including Salk, Scripps, and UC San Diego. We strongly support racial, gender, and geographic diversity and inclusivity.


· recent PhD in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or related fields

· strong record of productivity

· excellent oral and written communication skills

Candidate must be available to start working immediately. Highly motivated individuals should submit a single PDF file containing CV, a brief description of research interests and experience, and the names of 2-3 references to