Jobs in MBB

Postdoctoral Researcher Position on Antibiotic Persistence and Resistance in Polymicrobial Communities

The Mok Lab is seeking a motivated scientist for an NIH-funded postdoctoral position. Research in our lab is focused on investigating phenotypic changes and adaptive responses in bacteria that underlie antibiotic treatment failure. We use a range of molecular microbiology, biochemical, genetic, synthetic biology, and single-cell approaches in solving these problems. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a project centered on the impact of microbial interactions on antibiotic susceptibility of individual species in polymicrobial infections.

Interested and qualified applicants should send the following to Dr. Wendy Mok at mok@uchc.edu: (1) cover letter summarizing research training and accomplishments, scientific interests, and career goals, (2) current CV, (3) recent publications, and (4) contact for three references.

Qualifications:

  • A recent Ph.D. graduate in a relevant field (biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering, microbiology) with a strong record of research accomplishment
  • Expertise in working with BSL-2 bacteria, molecular cloning, bacterial strain engineering, and assay development
  • Excellent scientific communication skills and a passion for interdisciplinary research

UConn Health is an affirmative action employer, in addition to an EEO and M/F/V/PWD/PV employer.

Postdoctoral Position Available in Biochemistry of Herpesvirus DNA replication and Small Molecule Antiviral Drug Discovery 

An NIH funded postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the Weller lab. We use biochemical, biophysical and molecular genetic approaches to study the mechanisms and enzymology of DNA replication in Herpes Simplex Virus. We also use structural and mechanistic insights to drive development of novel antiviral drugs in collaboration with Dr. Dennis Wright Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Pharmacy at UConn Storrs. We are looking for curious and mechanistically minded scientists interested in viral replication and drug discovery. Please see some of our recent publications for more information.

Applicants should be recent Ph.D. graduates in the Life Sciences or Physical Sciences and have experience working with biomolecules including nucleic acids and proteins. The ideal candidate will have technical expertise in protein expression and purification, nucleic acid biochemistry, assay development and enzymology and biophysical methodology for protein/ligand interactions.

MBB has a vibrant, active collaborative faculty working in diverse areas, including DNA replication/repair, protein homeostasis, microbiology/infectious diseases, structural biology (X-ray crystallography and NMR), computational biology, and drug discovery. The MBB department hosts outstanding core facilities for structural biology (NMR and X-ray Crystallography), biophysical analysis and EM. Postdoctoral fellows are employees of UConn School of Medicine and receive a generous benefits package including health insurance, retirement contributions, paid vacation and up to 12 days of paid sick leave per year.

Interested applicants should send a single PDF file that includes a cover letter summarizing their research training and accomplishments, a personal statement of scientific interests and goals, current CV with recent publications, and contact information for three references to Dr. Sandra Weller at weller@uchc.edu.