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Microbiology and Physiological Systems - Open Positions

The Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems was founded in 2010 and emerged from two departments, one focused on microbiology, genetics, and immunology, and the other focused on physiology. Capitalizing on the strengths of each, MaPS has strong and synergistic expertise in bacterial and viral pathogenesis, immunology, signal transduction, and fundamental cellular physiology.  Departmental research targets viral and bacterial pathogens affecting the nervous, respiratory, and digestive systems.

 MaPS faculty combine experimental and computational methods to understand the complex interactions between the host, the pathogen and the natural resident microbial community. Understanding how these networks change from normal physiology to disease fosters the development of computational models that simulate infection and new approaches to disease-specific diagnostics, prognostics, and therapeutics. MaPS research shows exciting potential, when new patterns of human interaction, changes in global climate, and emergence of drug resistance have contributed to the emergence of world-wide epidemics, such as COVID-19, AIDS, influenza, and tuberculosis.

MaPS is a vibrant, growing, and highly interactive scientific community that feeds and complements UMass Medical School’s growth in translational research.

Please see information below for open positions in this department. Also, you may access and learn more about our open positions that are posted to the right of the page.

Clinical Research Coordinator positions:  We are a microbiome research laboratory that uses a variety of next-generation sequencing, molecular, and cell biology approaches to understand how diet affects the microbiome and to identify the mechanism by which diet-dependent changes of the microbiome trigger inflammation. We carry out nutritional intervention trials in patients to later validate relevant diet components or specific members of the microbiome as therapeutics both in vitro and in vivo. Our laboratory aims to advance treatment by using the knowledge generated in the bench to the care of the patients in our hospitals. We strive for diversity in science by training scientists from different backgrounds and by including underrepresented members of our community in research; thus our findings can be widely applicable to our diverse community. More information about the lab at:

The Clinical Research Coordinator will be responsible for the execution of a clinical study at the University of Puerto Rico.

Research Associate positions:  Our group studies the pathogenesis and treatment of tuberculosis.  This disease remains among the most important global health problems, and the development of transformational new interventions relies on understanding the fundamental biology that determines the pathogenesis of the disease. We are a diverse group of bacteriologists, immunologists, and geneticists that are focused on understanding the critical interactions between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its human host that determine disease progression and treatment response.  We are looking for an energetic individual to work closely with senior lab members and help us investigate how growth and division is regulated in this organism, and how these processes affect disease and antibiotic efficacy.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to present their work at programmatic meetings and contribute to publications.