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Open Postdoctoral Position

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area: Rowland Institute at Harvard

Position Description

Applicants are now being considered for a postdoctoral position in the Gozzi Lab at the Rowland Institute at Harvard ( Our lab's primary focus is on bacterial-encoded domesticated viruses, known as gene transfer agents, that package random sections of the host genome for use in genetic exchange. These virus-like entities are non-infectious and cannot replicate themselves, but are able to transduce random sections of the genome within a population. We aim to characterize gene transfer agent diversity, regulation and species-specificity across the Tree of Life. For further information on the lab, please visit:

More broadly, bacteria constantly face a life-and-death struggle against lethal stresses in their microscopic world. We study how microbes adapt to their ever-changing environment, using simple and complex survival strategies. We hope to deeply understand how bacteria react and respond to stress and use this knowledge to engineer useful functions in bacteria.

We invite applications from postdoctoral candidates with backgrounds in microbiology and molecular biology. Applicants will benefit directly from the interdisciplinary core facilities at the Rowland Institute at Harvard and will be encouraged to participate in the Harvard and Boston scientific community. Harvard University postdocs are offered competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages.

Basic Qualifications

We invite applications from postdoctoral candidates with backgrounds in microbiology and molecular biology. Ideally, the candidate will have experience with bacterial husbandry, cloning, genetics, microscopy/biological imaging and/or protein biochemistry. A strong publication record in microbiology/molecular biology demonstrating these skills is highly preferred. Additional consideration will be given to applicants with a background in bioinformatics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please send the following to

A cover letter describing past, current, and future research interests

A curriculum vitae

A list of contact information for up to 3 references

Contact Information


Mailing address:

Kevin Gozzi
Rowland Institute at Harvard
100 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142

Contact Email:

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required: 1

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 3

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