Cornell University, CVM Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-PMDS-POSTALTIER [#20704, WDR-00028914]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Infectious Disease
Veterinary Medicine
Appl Deadline:2022/05/05 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/12/03, finished 2022/05/06)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Post-doctoral Associate Position in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Dr. Craig Altier Laboratory
Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking two outstanding junior scientists to join the Altier Lab as Post-doctoral Associates, working on projects funded by the NIH and the USDA.  Research in our laboratory focuses on the means by which the bacterial pathogen Salmonella responds to its environment to express traits necessary for survival and virulence. A major research focus describes the cues within an animal host that affect virulence gene expression. The funded work examines how changes in the environment of the intestine affect the virulence of Salmonella, and how these conditions might be manipulated to reduce disease.

Successful candidates must have a PhD in molecular biology or bacterial genetics, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have a strong desire to develop a career in the field of bacterial pathogenesis.  Prior training in bacterial pathogenesis or the use of animal models are assets.

This is a one-year full-time appointment with the potential for extension contingent upon successful performance. 

To apply, visit to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a research statement of no longer than 2 pages.

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For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Craig Altier (

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