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Taute Lab Undergraduate research opportunity in 3D bacterial motility

The Taute lab is offering a funded undergraduate research opportunity focused on studying the motility behavior of well-known bacterial pathogens using high throughput 3D tracking. Motility and chemotaxis are known to contribute to virulence in a number of bacterial pathogens, but neither the underlying mechanisms nor the species’ basic motility behaviors are well understood. Do pathogens exhibit specific motility strategies? How do motility behaviors adapt to lab environments that mimic the physical complexity of the host? How do the bacteria manage to navigate chemical gradients?

The undergraduate researcher will be advised by a postdoc in the lab and will receive training in the following areas:

  • Wet lab and microbiological lab skills,
  • advanced light microscopy,
  • quantitative data analysis,
  • Matlab programming.

Candidates should bring along

  • enthusiasm for interdisciplinary experimental science,
  • strong analytical skills and no fear of quantitative analysis,
  • experience in one or more of the training areas listed above.

The project is funded by the Rowland Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Undergraduate Program for the duration of 12 months and will commence as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. The successful candidate

  • will start training in the lab as soon as possible,
  • should be committed to conducting summer research on the project,
  • will be remunerated at a rate of $15/h (810 h/week during the semester, up to 35 h/week during the summer, possible support for Harvard summer housing).

Interested candidates should contact postdoc Marianne Grognot (grognot@rowland.harvard.edu) with a CV, an academic transcript, and a statement of motivation (max. 1 page).

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Cira Lab Postdoctoral Candidate opening

Leverage microscale fluid physics for high throughput biology experiments. 

Position description: 

Many biological systems involve the interaction of large numbers of different components, and many of biology’s most pressing questions involve understanding emergent properties of such systems. These questions include, “How do combinations of different microbial species result in community stability?”, “How do different genetic variants combine to give resistance or susceptibility to disease?”, and “How do RNA expression levels give rise to different cell types?” 

Answering questions like these will require numbers of experiments commensurate with the complexity of the systems being studied. The Cira lab is developing technologies to enable new scales of experimental throughput and using them to untangle complex biological systems. 

Funding is available for a postdoctoral position. Salary is competitive, and the Rowland Institute is located at the center of the Boston/Cambridge area. 

The ideal candidates will have some knowledge in one or more of the following: mini- and microfabrication, capillarity and wetting phenomena, surface treatments, superomniphobic surfaces, microfluidics, programming, high throughput sequencing/genomics, and quantitative biology. 

Contact: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Dr Nate Cira: 

cira@rowland.harvard.edu 

Lab webpage: 

http://www.ciralab.rowland.harvard.edu

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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