Postdoctoral Fellow - microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry

Staff Name: 
Kumaran S. Ramamurthi, Ph.D.
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Research Area Keywords: 

microbiology, cell biology, microscopy, biochemistry

Position Description: 

The Ramamurthi lab studies cell growth, differentiation, and division in bacterial model systems (mainly Bacillus subtilis and the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus). The lab uses a variety of approaches, including classical genetics and biochemistry, epifluorescence and super-resolution microscopy, biophysical assays, and computational strategies to understand how proteins localize and assemble within a cell. Several projects are currently available, and we are always open to new ideas.

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Applicants should be recent Ph.D. graduates in the Life Sciences or Physical Sciences, or anticipate completing a Ph.D. in 2020.

Additional Information: 

Bethesda, located adjacent to Washington, D.C., is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. Living in Bethesda offers residents a suburban feel with a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The public schools in Bethesda are highly rated.

Representative recent publications:

  • A 2-dimensional ratchet model describes assembly initiation of a specialized bacterial cell surface. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 116: 21789-21799, 2019.
  • An essential Staphylococcus aureus cell division protein directly regulates FtsZ dynamics. eLife. e38856, 2018.
  • Dash-and-Recruit Mechanism Drives Membrane Curvature Recognition by the Small Bacterial Protein SpoVM. Cell Systems. 5: 518-526 , 2017.
  • A Quality-Control Mechanism Removes Unfit Cells from a Population of Sporulating Bacteria. Developmental Cell. 34: 682-693, 2015.
How To Apply: 

Applicants may send their CV directly to Kumaran Ramamurthi (, along with the names of three references (letters are not required at this time) and expected date of graduation.

Contact Name: 
Kumaran Ramamurthi
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