Posting Number G/R15938P
Working Title PostDoc AC-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
(https: // www. uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000
students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and
professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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 CTEGD.UGA.EDU
Employment Type Employee
Additional Schedule Information
Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience
Anticipated Start Date 03/01/2022
Posting Date 01/10/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
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Location of Vacancy Athens Area
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Please approximate the percentage of time spent on each task (out of
100%) during a typical work week. List these tasks in order of importance,
with the most critical task coming first. Do not list more than 6 entries – do
not go below 5% time per assigned duty.
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 hybrid capture on select samples that
pass quality control, organize sequencing, and perform analysis. Help train
and supervise technicians to do the same. The candidate will have to
coordinate and collaborate with other project personnel to accomplish these
Percentage of time 40
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
Analyze experimental data to understand the population genetic structure and
host specificity of Cryptosporidium.
Percentage of time 10
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.
Percentage of time 10
Other duties as assigned which may include educational, instructional, and
Percentage of time 5
Instructor of Record contributing to courses such as Environmental
Microbiology or Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science.
Percentage of time 10
Classification Title Post-Doctoral Associate AC
UGA Job Code
A post-doctoral research position is available immediately in the Kissinger
Research Group. This Post-doctoral fellow position will provide support for
the remaining ~2.5 years of the 4-yr project NIH R01 – “Capturing the genomic
variation present in Cryptosporidium and cryptosporidiosis”. 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. 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. Candidates may need to meet the criteria for work
eligibility at the USDA, namely being a US citizen or permanent resident.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Experience with molecular and computational analysis of whole genome sequence
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.
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?
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)
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