Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-DUKEVENTURELLI [#27484]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering / Biomedical
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2024/04/10)
Position Description:    

Postdoctoral Associate in understanding the mapping between molecular networks and microbial community functions in the human gut microbiome

A postdoctoral position is available on August 1, 2024 in the Venturelli Lab. The Venturelli Lab aims to understand how interactions across genetic, molecular and ecological scales combine to generate microbial community behaviors. We seek to understand and engineer the spatiotemporal behaviors of biological networks using tools from systems and synthetic biology. A major goal is to design novel strategies to precisely shift microbiomes to desired metabolic states. Our research combines multiplexed measurements of single cells, populations and ecosystems with concepts from nonlinear dynamical systems, control theory, multi-objective optimization and machine learning.

The specific project aims to understand how gene regulatory networks distributed among human gut bacteria interact to influence production of health-relevant metabolites and human gut pathogens. The project will combine advanced techniques in machine learning, synthetic biology and genetic engineering of human gut bacteria, transcriptional profiling and high-throughput anaerobic culturing.

Qualifications include a PhD in biology or engineering. The idea candidate will have experience with machine learning, microbiology techniques and genetic manipulation of diverse bacteria. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to lead independent research projects, publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals, participate and present in scientific conferences, and engage in collaborations both within and outside the lab. The training environment of the Venturelli group is highly interdisciplinary and provides many opportunities for future careers in academic and industry. Interested candidates should send their CV, description of research goals and names of reference writers to Dr. Ophelia Venturelli (Ophelia.venturelli@gmail.com).

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