Job Details

• Oversee the collection of samples from the marine environment and preparation of samples for DNA sequencing and culturing

 • Bioinformatic analysis of genomic and metagenomic data for species identification and discovery of genes and/or biosynthetic gene clusters encoding biological or chemical entities of commercial interest

 • Develop and optimize cultivation conditions for bacteria and fungi from a variety of marine sources and oversee the expansion of a repository of novel bacteria and fungi

• Develop assays for screening for selected target activities or products

 • Molecular cloning for heterologous expression of specific proteins or products

 • Microbial engineering for improved production of novel chemical and biological entities

 • Method development for identification of probiotic cultures for dietary supplementation in aquaculture

 • Establish collaborations with academic and biotech industry partners for projects of mutual interest

 • Establish new research projects consistent with GMGI’s mission

 • Assist in grant writing and fund-raising efforts for the institution

 • Lead publication of results in scientific journals and reports

 • Give presentations to stakeholders, general public and scientific audiences

 • Contribute to GMGI’s commitment to create a scientific community on Cape Ann

 • Supervise technical staff and interns 


The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team of collaborators from academia and the biotech industry. This position is an extraordinary opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial scientist who is excited to be part of the team building a world-class research institute. 

• PhD, or equivalent post-graduate experience in microbiology, microbial engineering, marine natural products, or related field

 • Experience generating and analyzing next generation sequencing data for genomic, metagenomic, transcriptomic analysis

• Strong mathematical and computational skills and experience with standard bioinformatic and statistic software packages

• Knowledge of commonly used languages for biological data analysis (e.g. Python, R) 

• Familiarity with the Linux environment and basic knowledge in command line software and shell scripting 

• Experience cloning into heterologous expression systems 

• Experience in engineering secondary metabolism or natural products biosynthesis 

• Experience with benchtop fermentation reactors and small-scale purification technologies 

• Understanding of probiotic mode-of action and strain safety 

• History of success as a driving force in research projects with a track record of successfully awarded grants 

• Strong publication record and a capacity to conduct innovative, high-quality research 

• Excellent communication and teamwork skills 

• Demonstrated record of leadership, integrity and flexibility 

• Enthusiasm and commitment to GMGI’s mission for science and education 

This position requires the desire, persistence and ability to work in a start-up environment and to help build a transformative research institute. 

This position will report to the Science Director 

Contact Information

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) 

Job Type: full-time 

Salary: commensurate with experience 

Benefits: yes 

Posting Expires: When position is filled 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Andrea Bodnar, 

Post Date: 3/13/2019 12:55:34 PM
Closing Date: 3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM