Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in the Valvano Lab


The Valvano lab will consider inquiries from individuals interested in pursuing postdoctoral training. The candidates will join a vibrant, world-class team engaged engaged in interdisciplinary studies on microbial pathogenesis using molecular biology, structural, biochemistry, and cell biology approaches. Examples of areas of interest in the lab are:

(a) elucidating the mechanisms underlying host-bacteria interactions in macrophages using the Burkholderia cepacia complex, Achromobacter species, and the Enterobacter cloacae complex as model systems of opportunistic pathogens.

(b) elucidating novel mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in multidrug resistance opportunistic Gram-negative bacteria, with a special focus on heteroresistance and intrinsic resistance to antimicrobial peptides (e.g. polymyxins) and lipopolysaccharide remodelling.

(c) elucidating the structure and function of novel mechanisms to protect bacterial membrane lipids from peroxidation damage upon oxidative stress.

Our research programme provides an excellent environment for learning and discovery in cutting edge research areas (membrane biochemistry and structure/function, membrane lipids, outer membrane proteins, bacterial glycobiology, and cell biology) and technology (advanced protein biochemistry, structural and molecular biology, confocal microscopy, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics).

Postdoctoral fellows will receive ongoing mentorship to help them achieve their full potential and future career goals. We are particularly interested in building and maintaining a multidisciplinary research team. Therefore, these positions should be particularly attractive to recent Ph.D. graduates from Biochemistry, Chemistry, Structural Biology, Biophysics, or Cellular Biology graduate programs who are interested in blending their current expertise with microbiology and bacterial genetics applied to biomedical research on host-pathogen interactions.

Recent publications representative of our work can be found here.

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The applicants should have demonstrated superior academic achievement and research skills in their area of specialization, including peer-reviewed publications. If interested, please send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references (including telephone and e-mail) to:

Miguel A. Valvano, M.D., Professor
Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom, BT9 7BL

Phone: (44) (0) 28 9097 6025; e-mail:


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