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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The laboratory of Michael Bachman MD PhD at the University of Michigan is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to train in the fields of bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial genomics and immunopathology. Our goal is to identify shared and unique fitness factors across multiple Gram-negative pathogens during infection, with a particular focus on Klebsiella pneumoniae and bacteremia. We combine genetic screens, gene expression profiling, and in vivo growth rate measurements in animal models with the goal of discovering new diagnostic and therapeutic targets.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


The primary job responsibility for this position is to move the research project forward through experimental work, critical thinking, and coordinating work of others within the lab and with collaborators within the university. Specific tasks include performing and analyzing genome-wide genetic screens, optimization of in vivo infection models for K. pneumoniae, carrying out comparative genomics studies as part of a collaborative group, and characterization of resultant potential fitness and virulence genes. An individualized development plan will be used to identify formal and experiential training to advance towards the fellow’s career goals. As part of their development, this person will help to supervise and mentor others within the laboratory.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a related field.

Desired Qualifications*

The candidate should be able to work effectively as part of a team and progress on their projects independently through critical thinking and a strong work ethic. Experience in at least one area including bacterial genetics, bacterial pathogenesis, genomics, and informatics is desired. Candidates with strong written communication skills, as evidenced by previous publications, and excellent oral communication skills are sought.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.