SDSU Research Foundation

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Req No.
JDP/Post Doc
Dept/Proj Name
SDSU - Biology Dept


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to train in the lab of Dr. Nicholas Shikuma under a Naval Research-funded project at the San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California.


The successful candidate will lead a project studying a novel syringe-like structure produced by human gut microbes. This project focuses on how bacteria mediate host-responses by producing a previously undescribed family of structures called Bacteroidales Injection Systems that are produced by the microbiomes of nearly all healthy adult humans.


A recent preprint about this work can be accessed through the following link.


The ideal candidate is an ambitious, motivated, detail-oriented individual with experience with genetics, molecular biology and/or cell biology, has exceptional oral and written communication skills, and nearing completion or recently obtained their PhD. Experience in microbial genetics and/or host-microbe interactions is a plus. The candidate should be able to work collegially within our laboratory and engage with the vibrant microbiology community at SDSU and in San Diego.


The Shikuma Lab is a highly collaborative environment composed of talented scientists studying host-microbe interactions in the ocean and the human microbiome. More information about the lab can be found through the lab’s website.


Applicant Information

Complete applications will be considered if all items are submitted:

  • A cover letter providing a brief explanation of your recent research and fit with the Shikuma Lab and Bacteroidales Injection Systems project.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references.




80% Research

10% Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students

5% Professional development

5% Laboratory management

  • Genetic manipulation of BSL1 and BSL2 bacteria.
  • Modern biochemistry and cell biology techniques (protein purification, immunochemistry).
  • Microscopy (fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy).
  • RNA-sequencing data collection and analyses.
  • Modern, comprehensive bioinformatic analysis of RNA-seq data.
  • Preparation (as lead) of journal manuscripts and conference presentations.
  • Applying for independent research funding (fellowships, scholarships e.g. F32, K99, Moore Foundation).
  • Attending seminars, colloquia, and other regularly scheduled educational activities at SDSU.
  • Active mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.


Minimum Education

  • A doctoral degree in microbiology, cell biology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications
Strong background in molecular biology.
Experience in cloning and genetic manipulation.
Experience with eukaryotic cell lines.

Experience in microbial genetics and/or host-microbe interactions.
Experience in culturing and genetically manipulating anaerobic bacteria.
Experience in transcriptome sequencing and analyses.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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