Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/12/2023 3:23 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
College of Science
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The Weinstein Lab at Utah State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow I) to assist in developing and conducting research on the structure and stability of parasite associated microbial communities in mammalian hosts. The lab integrates experimental model systems, field work and molecular approaches to examine the complex interactions between vertebrates, symbionts and their environment. In addition to working in close collaboration with Dr. Weinstein and current lab members, the Postdoctoral Fellow will also be encouraged to develop independent research and outreach projects within the scope of the lab.


The Weinstein Lab is a collaborative and interdisciplinary group. We aim to create a diverse and welcoming environment that supports creative and curiosity-driven science while promoting the professional, scientific and personal growth of every lab member. For more information, please visit the lab website at www.sarabweinstein.com.


  • Participate in research planning and proposal writing.
  • Carries out research as agreed upon with a faculty member or supervisor.
  • Participates in the preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication as co-author or sole author.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or seminars as directed by the faculty member or department head.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Assists in maintain the laboratory and its daily operation, including managing undergraduate researchers, assisting graduate students and senior personnel, managing laboratory budgets, ordering supplies, and maintaining equipment.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Doctorate in Molecular Biology, Molecular Ecology, Microbiology, Parasitology, or related field by the time of appointment.
  • Experience conducting original research as demonstrated through publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in microbiology or parasitology, with strong lab skills (e.g., culturing, PCR, NGS, ELISA) relevant to these fields.
  • Experience working with Mus in a laboratory setting.
  • Expertise in statistical analyses, bioinformatics, and/or genomics.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to interpret and analyze data.
  • Knowledge of laboratory techniques and safety.
  • Skilled in statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of the principles of the publication and peer review process.
  • Ability to present research in both spoken and written formats.
  • Ability to teach concepts to students of various backgrounds.
  • Organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to implement existing methodology and develop new approaches to experiments.
  • Skilled with computers and programs relevant to the research.
  • Ability to operate specialized scientific equipment as required.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
    • Cover Letter should describe your current research, experience with the required and preferred techniques, and description of your future research interests indicating how they align with the research goals of the lab
  3. Contact Information for three professional references willing to provide letters of reference.

Applications received by July 31st, 2023 will be given priority.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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