Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Kissinger

The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia
Apr 10, 2021
Apr 19, 2021
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*Posting Number:*G/R11327P*Working Title:*Post-Doctoral Research Associate-Kissinger*Department:*VPR-Center Trop Emerg Glob Dis*About the University of Georgia:*The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ([]( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.*About the College/Unit/Department:*The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) at the University of Georgia is one of the largest international centers of research focused on diseases of poverty. Researchers and students work together on some of the most important causes of human suffering around the world, including malaria, schistosomiasis, African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, cryptosporidiosis, toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, and filariasis.*College/Unit/Department website:**Employment Type:*Employee*Advertised Salary:*Commensurate with Experience*Anticipated Start Date:*02/16/2021*Posting Date:*02/02/2021*Open Until Filled:*Yes*Special Instructions to Applicants:*Candidates will meet the criteria for work eligibility at the USDA, namely being a US citizen or permanent resident as well as passing background checks.*Location of Vacancy:*Athens Area *EOO Statement:*The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (*Duties/Responsibilities:*Receive fecal DNA samples or in some cases stool samples from international collaborators, isolate genomic DNA from the received stool samples, purify Cryptosporidium oocysts, perform PCR and qPCR for enteric pathogen detection, perform Illumina library preparation and perform hybrid capture on select samples that pass quality control. The candidate will have to perform some next-generation sequence analysis and collaborate with project bioinformaticists and population genomicists.*Percentage of time:*50*Duties/Responsibilities:*Coordinate the research flow with the project's collaborators, maintain records of lab research, download sequence data, and perform bioinformatic analyses to verify quality of sequence data.*Percentage of time:*25*Duties/Responsibilities:*Analyze experimental data to understand the population genetic structure and host specificity of Cryptosporidium.*Percentage of time:*10*Duties/Responsibilities:*Present the research at internal and external meetings, and publish the findings in peer-reviewed journals. Occasional domestic and international travel may be needed to meet with collaborators or present research. Other duties as assigned which may include educational and outreach activities.*Percentage of time:*10*Duties/Responsibilities:*Teach course as Instructor of Record.*Percentage of time:*5*Classification Title:*Post-Doctoral Associate AC*FTE:*1.00*Position Summary:*A post-doctoral research position is available immediately in the Kissinger Research Group. This Post-doctoral fellow position will provide support for a recently awarded 4-yr project NIH R01 - "Capturing the genomic variation present in Cryptosporidium and cryptosporidiosis". Work will be performed primarily with collaborators in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The major focus of the project is to conduct innovative research through capture enrichment whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics analyses of the resulting sequence to understand the global population genetic structure and variation during outbreak and seasonal scenarios of human-infecting Cryptosporidium which is the 2nd leading cause of severe diarrhea and mortality in young children in Africa and Southern Asia. d 1 sy.m il c md.Qualified candidates should submit a detailed curriculum vitae, including descriptions of laboratory experience, responsibilities, and/or pertinent recent coursework; a short cover letter outlining research interests, research experience, and future goals; and the names of at least 3 scientists or faculty as references (with contact information, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers).*Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:*Highly motivated candidates who have a strong background in molecular biology, genomics, computational biology, and disease ecology research are encouraged to apply. Candidates will hold a Ph.D. in parasitology, molecular biology, genetics, or another appropriate discipline and have less than three years of postdoctoral experience.*Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :*- Experience with molecular and computational analysis of whole genome sequence data.- Experience with molecular biology experiments including PCR, qPCR, DNA purification, and library preparation for next generation sequencing.- Experience with sterile technique.- Experience working with pathogenic protists (biosafety level 2).- Well-developed oral and written communication skills and abilities to work both independently and collaboratively.*Physical Demands:*Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time; standing and bending over for wet lab bench work; light lifting up to 25 lbs.*Is this a Position of Trust?:*Yes*Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? :*No*Does this position require a P-Card? :*No*Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :*No*Is driving a requirement of this position?:*No*Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:*No*Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):*Yes