Two positions are immediately available in the lab of Ryan Hunter (Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Minnesota) for highly motivated postdoctoral scholars (or research associates) to pursue a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation / NIH-funded study focusing on the microbial ecology of lower airway disease. In collaboration with the Division of Pulmonology and the Adult CF Treatment Center at UMN, this translational effort will leverage cutting-edge amino acid labeling technologies, stable isotope probing technologies, high-resolution imaging, and bacterial genetics to probe in vivo bacterial activity and their interactions with respiratory mucins at the single-cell level. A secondary objective is to monitor the colonization and trafficking patterns of individual bacterial species throughout the respiratory tract in CF infants (both mice and humans). The ideal candidate will have a PhD in microbiology (or related field), a strong publication record, and expertise in any of the following areas: microbial genetics, proteomics, mouse infection models, primary cell culture, and anaerobic bacterial culture. Computational experience is an asset, but not required.


The position term is for one year with a competitive salary and benefits, but annually renewable for up to two more years depending on funding and performance. The successful candidate will receive training in professional development, clinical and translational research, cutting-edge microbial ecological approaches to the study of infectious disease, effective communication through attendance and presentations at local, national and international meetings, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. Start date is flexible.  



Application Instructions
Please contact Dr. Ryan Hunter (
rchunter@umn.edufor more information or to discuss the position. Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter that highlights how your research interests and skills fit with this project, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) names and contact information for three references. Review of potential candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.