Postdoctoral Associate in Microbiome Research – Roopchand Lab

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Associate position with a newly established research group in the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) at Rutgers University.

The successful candidate will be joining a multidisciplinary laboratory that uses animal models, cell tissue culture, microbiology, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry to understand how bioactive dietary components promote resilience to chronic metabolic disease. The candidate will work on a collaborative project between Roopchand and Raskin laboratories, supported with NIH grant funds. The candidate will be investigating the relationships between dietary components (in particular polyphenols), gut microbiota, and intestinal inflammation with the goal of developing strategies for prevention/management of metabolic syndrome.

The successful candidate will be working in new laboratory and office space and benefit from the opportunity to broaden their skills, obtain mentorship in a diverse and collaborative research community, and access resources of a major research university.


Candidates must have first–author peer–reviewed publications and research experience in a relevant area of biological science (i.e. animal science, molecular biology, biochemistry, nutritional science, analytical chemistry, microbiology, or related disciplines). Prior experience with animal models of human disease, anaerobic microbiology, 16s rRNA gene sequencing and bioinformatics analysis is preferred. Willingness to train junior scientists/students is preferred.

Strong work ethic and interpersonal skills for team building in a dynamic research setting is required. Excellent written English to assist with publication-writing is preferred.

For consideration, please submit your CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references to with the subject line "Postdoctoral Application: (Your Name)".