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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 12/29/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ-CABM
New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research. 
Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers. 
Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates. 
Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Center for Advanced Biotechnology & Medicine (CABM) at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Bishr Omary at the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM). Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct exciting research in the following areas of study:
  • Regulation, via posttranslational modifications and associated proteins, and disease association of keratin and lamin intermediate filament proteins in digestive organs. This effort also builds on high throughput drug screening compounds the lab has carried out to identify potential therapies in patients who harbor one of more than 70 human diseases caused by intermediate filament gene mutations for which there is no treatment (Am J Physiol 2017; Gastroenterology 2018);
  • Understanding the mechanism of porphyria-associated tissue injury, and the genetic modifiers that contribute to penetrance of the different porphyrias disease manifestations (FASEB J 2016; Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol 2019; Sci Reports 2021; J Biol Chem 2021). This project includes using zebrafish models we generated to discover novel therapies;
  • Understanding how a urea cycle mitochondrial enzyme is secreted into bile and what underlies its anti-inflammatory properties that are independent of its enzyme activity (PNAS 2019).

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to conduct research that will lead to publications and to use the experience and other career development opportunities to prepare for an independent career in an academic or industry setting. As such, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to prepare manuscripts and to contribute to grant preparation and to apply for fellowships. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also participate in the configuration and maintenance of instrumentation necessary for conduct of the project. The fellow will also have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate or graduate research students. The Postdoctoral Fellow will perform other lab-related duties as assigned. This is a grant-funded position contingent on the continued availability of funds to support it. 
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Conduct research in the area of regulation, via posttranslational modifications and associated proteins, of keratin and lamin intermediate filament proteins in digestive organs. This effort includes high throughput drug screening and characterization of compounds that may provide potential therapy in patients with intermediate filament gene mutations. 
  • Conduct studies to understand the mechanism of porphyria-associated tissue injury, and the genetic modifiers that contribute to penetrance of the different porphyrias disease manifestations. 
  • Carry out research studies of a urea cycle enzyme that manifests anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Participate in the configuration and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation and equipment, including computers, necessary for conduct of the project. 
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts for publication, and when appropriate submit independent fellowship applications. 
  • Supervise and guide the research project of undergraduate or graduate research students.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 99S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility None

Minimum Education and Experience
  •  Ph.D. in Physiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related biomedical science.
  • Candidates in all but degree (ABD) status will also be considered. 
  • Experience in biochemical, genetic, molecular or cell biological techniques. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Should have a record of publication commensurate with level of training. 
  • Proficient in spoken and written English. 
  • Ability to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and be able to work independently. 
Preferred Qualifications
  •  Research experience with mouse and/or zebrafish experimental system.
  •  Previous mentoring experience. 
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Physical Demands:  Manual dexterity and vision sufficient for standard laboratory operations including pipetting and use of microscopes. 
  • Work Environment:  Laboratory environment. Universal lab and safety precautions are mandatory. 
Special Conditions

Posting Number 21ST2586
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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