Evolutionary Microbiology Brown Lab

Multiple postdoc and grad student positions are available in the Brown lab as part of a recent move to the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am interested in candidates with experience in computational and/or experimental approaches relevant to the study of microbial dynamics, and with interests overlapping with the following research themes –

Bacterial sociality, cooperation, decision-making, quorum-sensing, biofilms, microbiomes, HGT, pathogen emergence, virulence, resistance, novel therapeutics… (and ecology/evolution of all the above).

Computational -  I am interested in candidates with experience in statistical modeling and bio-informatics in an ecological/evolutionary context. Simulation and analytical approaches are also of interest, if coupled with experience of biological applications – ideally in microbiology / ecology / evolution.

Experimental - I am interested in candidates with strong backgrounds spanning molecular microbiology and ecology/evolution. Experience with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, quorum-sensing, regulatory evolution or mobile genetic elements is a plus.

To learn more, take a look at our website and recent relevant publications:

Estrela S, Whiteley M, Brown SP. 2015. The demographic determinants of human microbiome healthTrends Microbiology 23, 134-141.

McNally L, Viana M, Brown SP 2014. Cooperative secretions facilitate host range expansions in bacteria.Nature Communications. 5, 4594.

Cornforth D, et al 2014 Combinatorial quorum-sensing allows bacteria to resolve their social and physical environment.  PNAS 111, 4280-4284.

Allen R, et al  2014 Targeting virulence: can we make evolution-proof drugs? Nature Reviews Microbiology 12, 300-308.

Dimitriu T, et al  (2014) Genetic information transfer promotes cooperation in bacteria. PNAS 111, 11103-11108.

To apply, please email a CV, brief description of research interests and how they relate to Brown lab themes (1 page) and the names and contact info for at least 3 references to Sam Brown (sam.brown@biology.gatech.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. Start dates are flexible, with preference for early 2016.

 The School of Biology at Georgia Tech is a dynamic research environment with a strong core of researchers interested in microbiology, social interactions and genomics. The Institute offers exceptional resources for bioinformatics and high-performance computing, and exciting opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration with computational scientists and bio-engineers. Georgia Tech was recently voted one of the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals.

Georgia Tech is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires compliance with Immigration Control Reform Act of 1986.

Summary: 
Multiple postdoc and grad student positions are available in the Brown lab as part of a recent move to the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am interested in candidates with experience in computational and/or experimental approaches relevant to the study of microbial dynamics, and with interests overlapping with the following research themes – Bacterial sociality, cooperation, decision-making, quorum-sensing, biofilms, microbiomes, HGT, pathogen emergence, virulence, resistance, novel therapeutics… (and ecology/evolution of all the above).