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

Position Details
Recruitment/Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department NJMS-Medicine-Infectious Diseases
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.
Rutgers RBHS is an anchor institution that boasts locations in Newark, New Jersey, a city of promise.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Medicine within the New Jersey Medical School.  Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Fellow will play a critical role in the successful testing and implementation of diagnostic tests for Tuberculosis, including detection of drug resistance, being developed in the Alland laboratory and submitted to the laboratory for evaluation by outside agencies. Including but not limited to Cepheid’s GeneXpert tests, digital PCR diagnostics and cell free DNA analysis.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Primer and probe design, assay multiplexing, bioinformatic investigation and in silico modeling of primer and probe sequences, optimizing sample processing using novel chemistries, buffers, and mechanical separation approaches, designing bioinformatic pipelines for data interpretation and reporting of next generation sequencing results.
  • Performs analytic analysis and trouble shoots innovative new TB assays as part of the FEND diagnostic program.
  • Assists in planning, direction, and conduct of the FEND TB analytic core.
  • Effectively communicates with academic and commercial partners on the performance of relevant TB assays.
  • Manage and troubleshoot instruments and will perform a variety of research experiences related to bacterial mutation and detection.
  • Conducts experiments in persistence models of M. tuberculosis.  
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
  • Doctoral Degree in relevant science. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Training in BSL3 practices, and willingness to work with virulent and drug-resistant M. tuberculosis. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience includes independent design and conduction of genetic and microbiological studies, experience performing unsupervised work in the BSLIII on M. tuberculosis, ability to analyze next generation DNA sequencing data.
  • Experience in automated, high-throughput fluidic studies of bacterial growth.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Occasional lifting of 20 pounds to a height of 6½ feet. 

Special Conditions
  • Must be available to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays when necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Must be willing to work with small and large animals. 

Posting Number 21ST3711
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Newark (RBHS)
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