Research Associate (Postdoc) – Bacterial Genetics, Systems Biology

Position Type

Location – University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Expected start date – As soon as possible
Application deadline – Positions open until filled.

Job description

A postdoctoral research position is available in Jason Peters’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to use CRISPR-based functional genomics approaches to study bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria (e.g., Zymomonas, Rhodobacter, and Novosphingobium) as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

We seek a motivated candidate to join our lab to identify and characterize genes that lead to increased biofuel/bioproduct yield. For instance, these genes may increase resistance to toxins found in plant feedstocks or mitigate inhibition by the biofuel/bioproduct itself.

The candidate will be responsible for constructing and phenotyping genome-scale CRISPR libraries in bioenergy-relevant α-Proteobacteria, quantifying CRISPR screen results using Next Generation Sequencing (e.g., Illumina sequencing), bioinformatic analysis to identify and characterize screen hits, and follow up experiments to validate genes as potential engineering targets for biofuel/bioproduct production strains.

Required degree

Ph.D. in Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, or related fields.

Candidates must be within 2 years of PhD graduation and Ph.D. must be granted by the start date.

Minimum requirements

  • Strong written and oral communication skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with a team of researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds.

Desired qualifications

  • Strong candidates will have knowledge of and skills in microbiology, genetics, and molecular biology.
  • Experience in the genetic manipulation of model and non-model bacteria and/or synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioinformatics are highly desirable.

Required application materials

Send a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing your interest(s) in this position and relevant skills, a CV, and the name and contact information of three professional references.

To apply – Please direct completed applications to Jason Peters (

Additional information

Initial appointment is available for one year with strong potential for continuation depending upon funding and performance. Salary is commensurate with experience, in accordance with the NIH NRSA Stipend Level for Postdoctoral Trainees.

At GLBRC, we strive to provide a holistic and well-rounded experience to our postdoctoral trainees, and we recognize the importance of supporting their professional development needs to ensure their successful transition to the career of their choosing. To complement the scientific training received in their lab, postdocs at GLBRC can:

  • Attend and present at scientific research symposiums and/or conferences.
  • Access cross-discipline research environments and training opportunities within GLBRC and cross-BRCs.
  • Benefit from integrated career and professional development support (internal and external).
  • Take part in Outreach and Community Engagement opportunities.