Resources for Researchers

Employment Opportunities with Microbiology, UW

Reniere Lab Postdoctoral Fellow

The Reniere Lab in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle is hiring! We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team researching bacterial pathogenesis. Specifically, we are funded by the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation to investigate how Staphylococcus aureus survives in the unique nutritional environment of CF sputum in order to cause disease in the immunocompromised host. This project will integrate clinical isolates, patient specimens, and clinical data with ex vivo and in vitro analysis. The ideal candidate will be well-organized and able to coordinate this exciting collaboration with clinicians and core facilities at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The anticipated start date is flexible.

Competitive candidates will have a Ph.D. in microbiology or a related field and have experience with bacterial genetics. A background in S. aureus genetics specifically is a plus. To apply, please email Dr. Reniere ( a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, your recent CV, and the names of at least three references, with the subject line ‘Postdoctoral Application’. For more information about the lab, visit

Harwood Lab Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral position is open in the Harwood laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle to study the role of the stringent response in bacterial longevity. It is well known that bacteria can survive in a growth-arrested state for long periods of time, on the order of months or even years, without forming dormant structures like spores or cysts. How is such longevity possible? What is the molecular basis of such longevity? The physiology of fast-growing bacteria is well characterized, but relatively little is understood about how cells maintain life under non-growing conditions.  We have been studying this crucial phase of the bacterial life cycle using the alpha-proteobacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris as a model. This microbe stays fully viable for months when in growth arrest. We know that that active translation and optimized ribosomes are critical for its longevityas is the stringent response mediated by guanosine polyphosphate [(p)ppGpp].  We now plan to study specific molecular mechanisms responsible for extreme longevity.Applicants must have first author publications and a background in microbial physiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics, as well as a high level of motivation. Applicants should email their CV and the names and e-mail addresses of two references to Carrie Harwood at  

Most relevant publications:

Yin L, Ma H, Nakayasu ES, Payne SH, Morris DR, Harwood CS. 2019. Bacterial longevity requires protein synthesis and a stringent response. mBio, Oct 15;10(5). pii: e02189-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02189-19.Pechter KB, Yin L, Oda Y, Gallagher L, Yang Y, Manoil C, Harwood CS. 2017. Molecular basis of bacterial longevity. mBio. doi:10.1128/mBio.01726-17

Departmental Resources

Microbiology Research Support Team
The Department of Microbiology has dedicated staff to provide support to your research program. Log into the Intranet to find more resources and templates. We support all activities within the life cycle of an award from submission to closeout.  Some of the tasks include:
  • Grant applications
  • Grant renewals
  • Progress reports
  • Just-In-Time (JIT) submission
  • Setting up of new budgets/projects
  • Monthly budget reports and assistance in budget management
  • Subcontract initiation and management
  • Faculty effort management
  • Other support maintenance
  • Submission of closeout reports


University of Washington Resources

There are various resources throughout campus to assist researchers in successfully applying for and managing sponsored research projects and programs.
Office of Research – Research Website & the MyResearch Lifecycle

The Office of Research website is the starting point for all research administration at the UW. Also view the MyResearch Project Lifecycle that provides research tools, forms, policies, training, and resources across all stages of the research project lifecycle, and the New to UW Research webpage.

Human Subjects Division
All research involving human subjects must have review and approval of the research protocol by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The UW Human Subject Division manages this process.
Office of Animal Welfare
The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) facilitates the IACUC review of research protocols and grants involving live vertebrate animals.
Center for Commercialization (C4C)
The UW Center for Commercialization (C$C) assists researchers in bringing their innovations through the commercialization process.
Biological Information Resources
The UW Biological Information Resources site provides general access for UW faculty and students to centralized biological sequence databases and software programs to interact with these databases.
Organizations That Fund Microbiology Research
The Department of Microbiology has a strong funding history with organizations that support our programs. The department encourages all faculty and trainees to seek funding opportunities. These agencies are among those that fund researchers in the department: