PostDoc AC-Kissinger

University of Georgia

United States

February 8, 2022


Posting Details 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 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.

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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 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Athens Area EOO Statement

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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 duties.

Percentage of time 40 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.

Percentage of time 10 Duties/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned which may include educational, instructional, and outreach activities.

Percentage of time 5 Duties/Responsibilities

Instructor of Record contributing to courses such as Environmental Microbiology or Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science.

Percentage of time 10

Position Details Classification Title Post-Doctoral Associate AC

FLSA UGA Job Code Job Family FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications Position Summary

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 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

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Recruitment Contact Name Rachel Ankirskiy Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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