The Church lab has a funded opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist to further the development of the lab’s cutting-edge Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing (FISSEQ) and related methods, with special focus on extending their application to model and natural microbial communities relevant to the Department of Energy’s biofuel generation programs.  The scientist in this position will be responsible for devising and optimizing sample preparation and in situ sequencing library generation protocols that take into account the specific physical and biological characteristics of microbial community samples; and acquiring, validating, and analyzing in situ data from these samples that demonstrate the insights obtainable from in situ omics data.  Beyond this specific project, this scientist is expected to become a leading resource within the Church lab on FISSEQ and other in situ ‘omics’ methods generally, who will consult and collaborate with others both within and outside of the lab on best ways of conducting and developing this exciting and rapidly expanding array of in situ technologies. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of scientific rigor, ingenuity, and peer-reviewed publications, and be well-organized, self-motivated, and able to work well both in teams and alone.  Candidates should have a strong background in both the experimental and computational aspects of high-throughput RNA sequencing, use of high-throughput omics data in the context of systems and/or synthetic biology projects, and a strong understanding of statistics.  Experience with technology development of new omics capabilities is highly desirable.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Please answer the following questions below in your cover letter and include your CV and recommendations via email to

Please put "FISSEQ – Post Doc applicant" in the subject line.

1.Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status?

2.What is your ideal scenario for a postdoc and beyond?