The National Microbiome Data Collaborative

The National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC) team is building an integrated data science ecosystem that leverages existing data standards, data resources, and infrastructure in the microbiome research space. The NMDC is launching the NMDC Ambassador program to provide training and support for early career researchers who are motivated to engage with their respective research communities to lower barriers to adoption of metadata standards.

We invite applications from early career leaders who are:

  • Familiar with the challenges of discovering, accessing, and reusing microbiome data

  • Committed to working with the NMDC to make microbiome data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR)

  • Motivated to engage with researchers in their community

  • Committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA)

Please encourage qualified early career researchers to apply by May 21, 2021. For more details about the program, visit: or email us at

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Gastroenterology

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the BioTechnology Institute and Department of Medicine, Div. of Gastroenterology, at the University of Minnesota.

Mike Sadowsky and Alex Khoruts are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to work on a project related to the development of new and novel formulations of microbiota-based for a variety of human diseases. This project follows up on our encapsulation technology for intestinal microbiota transplantation in adult patients. However, an important goal is development microencapsulation to enable oral administration of live microbiota to patients who may have difficulty with capsules, e.g., young children. This postdoctoral project will help develop the technology and follow engraftment of intestinal microbiota in animal models and patients using DNA sequencing, qPCR, metagenomics and culturing methods.

All applicants must have a Ph.D. in microbiology, pharmacology,  or a relevant field. Expertise in microbiology, microbial ecology, pharmacology, and analytical chemistry, is highly desired.

The position is for 2 years, and is annually renewable depending on performance and availability of funding The successful candidate will receive training in professional and personal development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. The position includes a competitive salary and health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A near-term start date is desired.

Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and (v) the names and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF to Alex Khoruts ( and Mike Sadowsky ( with “Postdoc Application” in the subject line. Any questions should also be directed to these email addresses.