Postdoc in Bacteriology: USA

The Kaçar Astrobiology Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Bacteriology is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher to study the evolution of the translation machinery in bacteria. Our lab works at the interface of molecular evolution, synthetic biology, genome engineering, biochemistry, molecular biology and origins of life and is host to one of the NASA centers dedicated to understanding early Earth biology and evolution.


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in molecular cloning, gene mutagenesis, bacterial genome editing, gene/protein expression, protein purification (western and northern blot)
  • Good organizational skills are a must
  • Familiarity with computational tools is a plus

Job Duties

The successful candidate will focus on the study the evolution of translation machinery proteins building on in-vivo and in-vitro systems and will participate in an on-going collaboration with the Landick Lab at the UW-Madison Biochemistry.

On campus, the candidate would be joining an outstanding community of microbiologists in which the basic and applied sciences blend. UW-Madison offers a historical and cutting-edge setting to explore the transcription and translation mechanisms and is home to world-class Bacteriology, Biochemistry and Genetics departments. Additionally, UW-Madison has a vibrant Origins of Life community centered around the Discovery Institute.

Located 2.5 hours by car from downtown Chicago, Madison is the capitol of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). UW-Madison and the city of Madison co-occupy an isthmus between two large, beautiful lakes revered by the native Ho-Chunk Nation, creating a unique and lively atmosphere. The University and Madison offer a thriving diverse environment with ready access to cultural activities, outdoor pursuits, and stimulating neighbors and colleagues.


Interested individuals should email the following documents in a single PDF file to Maria Katsoulidis (

  1. CV (2 pages max)
  2. Research interest statement (with relevant experience)
  3. Contact information for up to three references

Deadline 1 March 2022

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