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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Cns 10032098
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Bile acids are vital to the digestion of our food, act as signaling molecules throughout our bodies and shape the structure of our microbiome. Recently, our collaborative group discovered a new set of bile acids made by the microbiome called ‘microbially conjugated bile acids’. This discovery was published in the prestigious journal Nature last year The Quinn Lab at Michigan State University ( is undergoing a collaborative project with the laboratory of Dr. Laura McCabe and Dr. Robert Hausinger to study these exciting new microbial molecules and their role in the mammalian GI tract. We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher to lead this project. This postdoc will be responsible for microbiology and murine experiments on these microbial bile acids as we try to understand the breadth of their production, impact on host physiology and role in health and/or disease. The project will involve classic microbiology experiments, bioinformatics analysis of microbiome and metabolome data and experiments with a mouse model.

Duties include culturing bacteria, molecular biology, gene expression assays, mass spectrometry, metagenomics and mouse husbandry and experiments.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Microbiology, physiology, biochemistry

Minimum Requirements

PhD in microbiology, physiology, biochemistry or related field.

Desired Qualifications

Experience with mass spectrometry, microbiome data and/or mouse husbandry are desirable.

Required Application Materials

Curriculum vitae, cover letter, names and contact information for 3+ professional references.


MSU Statement

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