Position in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Lyme Disease Biology in the Leong Laboratory at Tufts University

An NIH-funded position is available for a talented, motivated, and hard-working postdoctoral fellow to join collaborative projects investigating mechanisms of pathogenesis of the human bacterial pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi using genetics, genomics, microbiology, and biochemistry. He or she will be appointed at Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology and will work very closely with the laboratory of Jacob Lemieux at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Projects will address (a) the role of microbial genetic diversity in the distinct clinical manifestations of Lyme disease; and (b) mechanisms of bloodstream survival and tissue invasion that influence microbial tropism for specific tissues or vertebrate hosts.

Recent graduates with a background in the biological sciences, a history of academic productivity, and excellent references are encouraged to apply. Candidates should send a statement of interest and future goals, and a curriculum vitae to John Leong, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, at john.leong@tufts.edu, as well as and have three letters of reference available on request.