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We are looking for new lab members to join our team!

Postdoctoral Positions

Seeking motivated individuals to join the labs of Amanda and Warren Lewis at the University of California San Diego to study the microbiology of sexual and reproductive health in women. The successful candidates will perform independent and collaborative research in a supportive and inclusive environment. We build biochemical systems, small animal models, as well as experimental and computational approaches using bacterial isolates and native human microbiomes to study the dynamic microbiology of the female urogenital system and its impact on the host. Our models investigate mechanistic roles of the microbiome in conditions such as preterm birth, intrauterine infection, bacterial vaginosis, and urinary tract infection. We are especially interested in mechanisms of host-microbe interaction that involve carbohydrate molecules (glycans) and the proteins and enzymes that recognize them. Join our expanding team! Multiple positions are available.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Ph.D. awarded in the past 18 months or expected within the next 3 months

  • A track record of publication

  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills

  • Experience effectively working both independently and as part of a team

  • A passion for issues related to women’s health 

  • Evidence of scientific rigor in prior work

  • Microbiology and glycobiology laboratory skills are welcomed but not essential

  • Research expertise in biochemistry, cell biology, computational biology, microbiome sciences, immunology, mouse models, and/or translational research are all welcome!


Applicants should send their CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter in the body of an e-mail describing their interest in these positions and relevant expertise to:


Amanda Lewis

E-mail: a1lewis[at]

Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist 

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, together with the Glycobiology Research and Training Center and the Amanda Lewis Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are committed to academic excellence and diversity and is seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated Project Scientists who are interested in advancing research and education in the field of Women's Health, Microbiology, and Glycobiology. 


Successful candidates will be able to participate on an integrated interdisciplinary research team focused on developing models that refine the causal links between members of the female genitourinary microbiota and conditions impacting women. The selected Project Scientists will be expected to perform high quality experiments using mice and materials derived from humans, conduct ethical data management and rigorous analysis and make effective writing contributions to manuscripts and grants. In addition, the Project Scientists will also assist with lab management tasks and will contribute to mentorship, training and teaching in research and scientific writing for graduate students, undergraduate students and postdocs in the laboratory. Appointment will be at the Assistant, Associate or Full Project Scientist level based on background and years of experience. 

Candidates must have a PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics or related disciplines. 


A link to the full description of the Project Scientist series is provided for your review: 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. 

Applicants apply to: 

Mouse Model Specialist

We seek a Staff Research Associate that will participate in an integrated research team focused on cutting edge research related to how the vaginal microbiome interacts with its host to produce outcomes of health and disease. The Staff Research Associate will independently design and carry out preclinical studies employing mouse infection/inoculation models. Apply existing skills to make important contributions to the experimental mouse models component of our research team. Work with mouse handling and basic routes of administration; willingness to learn new routes of administration and procedures. Projects may involve timed mating, genotyping, establishment/phenotyping of transgenic lines, histology. Expertise in microbiology/microbiome protocols and analysis, molecular biology (bacterial genetics, qRT-PCR, plasmid construction, RNAseq etc), biochemistry (chromatography, enzyme assays, heterologous protein expression etc), and/or flow cytometry would be welcome.

Please e-mail Amanda Lewis: a1lewis[at]

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 


As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. 


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