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A post-doc position in microbiome-host interactions is available immediately in the new Paul Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University. The Allen Discovery Center is a $10 million research initiative given by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen to fund research at the frontiers of biological sciences. The Center is directed by developmental biologist Michael Levin. The post-doc will be based in the lab of microbiologist Benjamin Wolfe in the Department of Biology at Tufts University, but will work closely with the Levin lab and other members of the Center.

The post-doctoral researcher will develop a project aimed at understanding how the microbiomes of metazoans impact the development and regeneration of their hosts. Initial projects will focus on planarians and their gut microbiomes. These nonparasitic flatworms have been used by the Levin lab to discover molecular-genetic and biophysical processes underlying regenerative patterning.

The ideal candidate will be a creative, independent, and integrative scholar with experience characterizing and manipulating microbiomes of eukaryotic hosts. Candidates should have the following skills/experiences:

  • a PhD in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, systems biology, or genetics
  • experience manipulating and monitoring microbiomes in eukaryotic hosts, including development and maintenance of gnotobiotic/axenic hosts
  • excellent time management, oral communication, and writing skills
  • a track record of supporting an engaging, thoughtful, and collaborative lab environment

Research in the Department of Biology at Tufts University spans the entire breadth of biology, from molecular and cellular biology to population and community ecology. Other resources and academic communities at Tufts include the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the Tufts Medical School, the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, and the Cummings School of Vet Medicine. Outside of Tufts, the academic community in the Greater Boston Area has an unprecedented collective wealth of resources in microbiomes and developmental biology.

To apply, email Dr. Benjamin Wolfe ( with: 1) a short description of why you are interested in and qualified for the position, 2) a CV listing peer-reviewed publications, skills, and research experiences, and 3) the names and contact information for three references. The position is available immediately and applications will be considered as they are received. For full consideration, apply on or before May 15th, 2016.