Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


Thanks to funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (#9323), the Bolnick lab is embarking on a collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Carrier and Dr. Sam Scarpino at Northeastern University, Dr. Natalie Steinel at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Dr. Katherine Milligan-Myhre at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We will develop a microfluidics gut-on-a-chip system to enable mechanistic study of the interactions between a small fish, threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), and its native gut microbiota. 


The postdoc will work primarily in the Bolnick Lab at the University of Connecticut, but will frequently collaborate with and visit the other research groups on the team, and work closely with a second postdoc based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The postdoc will work on improving methods to maintain primary cell cultures of stickleback gut epithelium and immune cells, kept alive on microfluidic gut-on-a-chip system developed in the Carrier Lab. These cells will be observed during interaction with sticklebacks’ gut microbiota (form the Milligan-Myhre lab), and assayed for cell activity using methods developed with the Steinel Lab, and statistical approaches developed in the Scarpino Lab. The postdoc’s tasks will include experiments to evaluate cell culture methods, manuscript preparation, presentations at scientific conferences, and some limited animal care.


  • Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, immunology, cell biology, or a closely related field
  • Prior experience with cell culture
  • Previous research experience and publications should demonstrated a commitment to basic research, good work ethic, lab skills, organizational ability, and publication productivity


  • Expertise in CRISPR/cas9 gene editing, RNAi, or other experimental genetic manipulations
  • Experience with flow cytometry


The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal of up to 27 months. The Postdoctoral Research Associate should be able to start in late summer 2020, exact dates to be negotiated with the Principal Investigator (PI).

Starting salary will be $52,704 plus excellent health benefits.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494463 to submit the following:

  1. A statement of past research achievements, including relevant skills. This should not exceed two single-spaced pages.
  2. A statement of what you can contribute to the Bolnick Lab’s research, and how this fits into your career goals. This should not exceed one single-spaced page.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. A copy of two publications or submitted manuscripts.
  5. A list of three references, with contact information (email, telephone, and mailing address). We will request letters directly from these references, after identifying top candidates.

The application file should be submitted through the official UConn careers site. Applications must be received by April 10, 2020 for full consideration, though the position is open until filled.

For questions about this position, please email Dr. Bolnick ( For information about the Bolnick Lab visit the lab website ( ), lab photostream (, and Dr. Bolnick’s Google Scholar page (

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 10, 2020. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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