Postdoctoral researcher positions in the Qing Sun lab at Texas A&M University

Two Postdoctoral Fellow positions are immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Qing Sun in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. We focus on synthetic biology with advancing designs and applications. Using our expertise in deep learning, molecular engineering, protein engineering, and microbial consortia engineering, we are developing new techniques to reprogram gut microbiome, mRNA therapeutics, protein machinery, and biomaterials. Our current application areas include health, environment, and energy.

Open position: We are looking for two highly motivated, skilled postdoc candidates with strong background in synthetic biology, mammalian cell-pathogen interactions, and/or protein engineering including CRISPR-Cas. These positions are for one year and renewable for additional years. A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided. Specifically, in the current open positions, the postdoctoral researchers will work on one or more of the theories: 1) mammalian cell-bacteria symbiosis; 2) the next generation mRNA therapeutics development including mRNA vaccines and CRISPR-Cas; 3) artificial intelligence-based molecule structure predictions towards better stability and functions. Candidates should hold a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Microbiology, Computer Engineering, or other relevant disciplines. Working experience with deep learning, molecular engineering, DNA/RNA production, or DNA/peptide library screening is strongly recommended. Good English communication and writing skills are required. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with research experience and interests and CV to Dr. Qing Sun at

The PI: Qing Sun joined The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in January 2018. She obtained her B.S. and master’s degrees from Wuhan University and Tsinghua University, respectively. In 2015, she received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware under the supervision of Dr. Wilfred Chen. Thereafter, she joined Dr. Timothy Lu group at MIT as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research interests include microbiome engineering, animal behavior interference, bacteria community assembly, protein engineering, RNA therapeutics development, genetic circuits design and biomaterials for environmental and biomedical applications. Her front page can be reached at or

About Texas A&M University: Texas A&M is located in the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, with a population of more than 175,000, and is conveniently located in a triangle formed by Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Texas A&M has more than 55,000 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled. The college is ranked seventh in graduate studies and eighth in undergraduate programs among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 13 departments ranked in the Top 10. The Look College is also ranked 10th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The American Society for Engineering Education ranks the Look College second in research expenditures.

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