Marine Biological Laboratory, Bay Paul Center

Position ID:Marine Biological Laboratory-Bay Paul Center-POSTDOC [#15040]
Position Title: Postdoc – Exploring the Functional Role of Genetic Hypervariation in Aquatic Bacteria
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543, United States
Subject Areas: Evolutionary Genomics and Speciation
Bioinformatics / Biology, Genome sequences and variation data
Genomics / Genetics
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/10/09, finished 2020/07/05, listed until 2019/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Position Summary: The MBL is seeking a candidate for the position of Postdoctoral Scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Blair Paul to investigate accelerated protein evolution in aquatic bacteria. The lab uses computational and molecular tools to study processes that diversify microbial genes and to understand the functional importance of hypervariable proteins. To this end, the prospective research will involve a synergistic combination of experimental biology and bioinformatics to investigate genome variation and protein evolution/optimization in microorganisms and their viruses. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in molecular biology and microbial genetics, which will be complemented with training in genome bioinformatics through this postdoc experience.

Additional information: The position is for one year with anticipated extension to 2+ years, contingent on performance. For more information about MBL and living on Cape Cod, please visit:

Basic qualifications: A Ph.D. in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field is required.

Preferred qualifications: Experience in the following areas is desirable: microbiology (including isolation or cultivation from environmental populations), molecular techniques (especially bacterial or archaeal genetics), or protein biochemistry.

Instructions: Please apply on the MBL website and provide the following required documents: (1) a cover letter describing your interests, skills, and prior research experience, including any specific experience with the job responsibilities listed above; (2) a curriculum vitae/resume; and (3) the names and contact numbers of three persons who can be contacted for letters of reference, at least one of whom must have acted as your supervisor in a previous research position.

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