Company:  Confidential

Job Title: PhD position: Investigating the Interplay of Diet and Microbiome

Job Number: 55722

Location: Nashville, US

Job Description

We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. student interested in understanding interactions between the diet and microbiome in human health, starting in January 2024 (Spring semester) to join Dr. Aleti’s group within College of Agriculture at Tennessee State University. Project will primarily focus on understanding the interactions between food, gut microbiome, and human health by combining multi-omics methods, including metagenomics and metabolomics. Discoveries at all levels will enable precision nutrition and microbiome-based therapeutics in connection with personal microbiome.


  • Must have thesis-based master’s degree from an accredited university in Bioinformatics, Microbiology, Computational Biology, Systems Biology or a related discipline.
  • Must have experience in analyses of multi-omics data such as next-generation sequencing data and/or metabolomics data in Python.
  • Experience with cloud platforms, workflow management systems, Git, and R will be a plus.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English are desirable.
  • For international students from non-English speaking countries, proof of proficiency in English is required (IELTS/TOEFL). The minimum university requirement for IELTS is 6.0 and TOEFL is 80.
  • A minimum quality grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.00 point scale and a minimum score of 290 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative, or verbal, quantitative and subject), or 370 on the MAT (for US MS applicants).

College of Agriculture, Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University is a public university and a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R2: Doctoral Institution – High Research Activity. The college offers a competitive stipend equivalent to $2,400 per month for three years. Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO (affirmative action and equal employment opportunity) employer.

Live and work in Nashville, TN
Nashville is the capital city of the southern US state of Tennessee. It is one of the Top 25 places to live and work within the USA but has a considerably lower cost of living compared to other major US cities. Nashville is home to 17 different universities and colleges and is also the seat of a vibrant music industry, hence the nickname ‘Music city’.

Application submission

Please submit your application with statement of purpose (describing academic background, previous work/research experience, current research interests, and career goals), CV (listing education, work, volunteer, and other relevant experiences), Three reference letters (from an academic mentor or supervisor). Only candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 2023-10-13


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