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University at Albany, SUNY
Research Foundation for SUNY
Posted: 04/04/2023
Postdoctoral Associate

Postdoctoral Associate (R23-20)

About RF for SUNY at the University at Albany:
Employment is with The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that provides essential sponsored program administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty and students whose ideas and research generate ground-breaking discovery and translate to entrepreneurial and economic development opportunities for New York State.

Working at the SUNY Research Foundation for the University at Albany, you will be part of a team that provides essential services to the University as it moves to the front ranks of American higher education, supporting the advancement of education, research and discovery. The University at Albany, a nationally recognized research university with outstanding faculty, researchers and staff, offers challenging, exciting and rewarding careers to those who seek opportunities to grow and excel.

Job Description:
Description of Duties:
The Valm lab at The State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher to join our interdisciplinary and diverse team. The Valm laboratory studies structure-function relationships in the human oral microbiome using cutting edge fluorescence imaging, genomics and spatial transcriptomics. Creative and high impact NIH-supported postdoctoral projects to study structure-function relationships in patient derived plaque samples and in vitro models are available. Potential postdoctoral projects include ongoing collaborations with clinician researchers and basic scientists both within and outside the U.S. The successful candidate will augment their molecular microbiology skillset with expertise in state-of-the-art, quantitative imaging applied to oral biofilms.

The Valm lab is highly interdisciplinary and comprises a talented group of microbiologists, cell biologists, biophysicists, bioinformaticists and mathematicians. The Valm laboratory is situated within the RNA Institute and the postdoctoral candidate will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and a rich and supportive intellectual environment.


  • Conduct rigorous and original science
  • Independently design, perform, and interpret experiments
  • Write and publish high-quality peer-reviewed research
  • Develop skills in grant writing
  • Supervise and train undergraduate or graduate trainees

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A PhD, MD, or DDS received within the past three years from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in microbiology or cell biology.
  • A strong publication record and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ambition to reach the next career level with diverse colleagues.
  • Ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Microbial genetics including CRISPR/Cas genome editing, engineering of reporter fusions, transposon mutagenesis and allelic exchange
  • Microbial bioinformatics, especially metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Bacteriology including advanced methods for microbial cell culture and isolation

Additional Information:
Salary Range: $56,000 – $60,000
Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”): http://police.albany.edu/asr.htm

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.

Application Instructions:
Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three work-related references, along with a letter of application to https://rfhr.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=160693

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

URL: www.albany.edu/biology