Anaerobic Microbiology Core Facility Manager. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant or Associate Professor to manage a newly established Anaerobic Microbiology Core Facility at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK, USA. This facility will be established as part of the Oklahoma Center for Microbiome Research (OCMR), a newly NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). COBRE funding is for five years with the possibility of future renewals.

 The Anaerobic Microbiology Core Facility will provide services in anaerobic culturomics to OCMR members, OSU researchers, and the broader scientific community across Oklahoma. The Anaerobic Core aims to establish and offer the following services: 1) High throughput culture isolation under a wide range of growth conditions and oxygen concentrations, 2) Targeted isolation of microbes based on phenotypic traits, 3) Sequence-guided isolation using labeling and single cell sorting 4) Culture storage and record keeping, and 5) Downstream analysis of isolates and samples e.g., PCR and mass spectrometry based identification, genome sequencing and annotation, metagenomic and metatranscriptomic sequencing, amplicon based community analysis, and sequence submission to database repositories.

Expected duties of the Core Facility manager will include: 1) Overseeing day-to-day operations, 2) Meeting with clients to provide advice on research projects, 3) Assisting clients with experiment design and implementation strategies, 4) Developing standard operating procedures for all equipment and standard protocols for services, 5) Managing compliance and biological safety aspects associated with Core operation, 6) Developing and implementing training sessions, and 7) Coordinating downstream service providers, e.g., nucleic acids sequencing, mass spectrometry, and super computing services.

Oklahoma State University is a Carnegie R1 doctoral-granting university with $195,041,000 annual research expenditures in 2022. The city of Stillwater is a vibrant university town with a cost of living well below the national average. Stillwater is consistently ranked among the nation’s top small cities for quality of life and boasts a vibrant downtown, low crime rate, and excellent school system.



Candidates must hold a PhD in microbiology or a related field. Additional post-doctoral training is required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience leading a research laboratory or core facility. The candidate should have expertise in culturing, maintenance, and handling of strictly anaerobic microorganisms, and/or expertise in high throughput culturing procedures, cell sorting, and antibody-based fluorescence labeling. The position offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience, and the opportunity to write grant proposals.


Application Instructions

Interested applicants should apply by submitting a cover letter explaining your prior experience and qualifications to the position, contact information for three references, and a complete CV at

Additional inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Elshahed at