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How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, summary of prior research experience, future research interests and career goals and a list of three references to Dr. Tobias Giessen at

Job Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the lab of Dr. Tobias Giessen in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Passionate and highly motivated scientists interested in the chemistry, biology and engineering of microbial metabolism are encouraged to apply.

The Giessen Lab conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of basic and applied science utilizing a broad range of approaches including biochemistry, microbiology, structural biology and synthetic biology. The lab’s current focus lies on understanding and engineering large protein assemblies with a focus on megadalton protein organelles like encapsulin nanocompartments and bacterial microcompartments involved in stress resistance, nutrient utilization and pathogenesis. Basic science: The lab seeks to explore and understand the functional diversity of protein organelles, specifically in the context of the human microbiome, and to investigate their contribution towards human health and disease. This will involve detailed functional and structural studies of a given protein organelle system. Applied science: Using protein engineering and synthetic biology we aim to design and build novel protein assemblies and integrate them with advanced genetic circuits to tackle real world problems in biomedicine, catalysis and sustainability. These efforts will result in novel living diagnostics and therapeutics, programmable nanomaterials and catalytic nanoreactors. Multiple basic and applied projects are available.

Required Qualifications*

A PhD degree is required. A strong background in chemistry, biology, biological engineering or other related discipline is required.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with molecular biology, protein biochemistry and structural biology, both x-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy, is a big plus.

Background Screening

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.