Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in Institute for Genomic Research, United States

Designation/Position- Post-Doctoral Fellow

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The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) offers Post-doctoral fellow position for candidate having Ph.D. or M.D. in relevant scientific discipline such as Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Immunology, or Computer Science.

About- The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a world leader in genomic and bioinformatics research fueled by a team-centered, multidisciplinary approach to large research initiatives. JCVI has a long track-record of creative and interdisciplinary approaches to genomics and bioinformatics, and responsiveness to national needs. This longstanding drive to produce groundbreaking research is used as the measure for all new research initiatives at JCVI. With more than 200 scientists and staff located in Maryland and California, the JCVI is one of the largest independent, not-for-profit research institutes in the United States.

Research/Job area– as Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Immunology, or Computer Science

Location- The Institute for Genomic Research, United States

Eligibility/Qualification- Ph.D. or M.D. in relevant scientific discipline such as Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Immunology, or Computer Science required.  Laboratory experience, preferably in an independent project, preferred.  Experience using statistics preferred.  Supervisory experience preferred.

  • High level of discretion for confidential work and information; ability to appropriately handle critical information and sensitive situations.
  • Ability to conduct investigations in relevant scientific areas.
  • Must be able to formulate experimental hypotheses and analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • Strong computer aptitude, including experience with word processing and/or spreadsheet software and/or data analysis and database software.
  • Familiarity with standard laboratory safety procedures.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Flexibility to handle a variety of tasks and shift priorities simultaneously.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Cooperative and service-oriented attitude; must be able to work under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor.
  • Ability to use sound judgment to effectively solve problems within the scope of the position.
  • High level of initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills.

Essential Background & Functions

  • Knowledge of bacterial antibiotic resistance mechanisms, Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) determinations for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and mobile genetic elements
  • Strong background in Bioinformatics within the Unix/Linux environment (e.g., R, perl, python)
  • Knowledge of molecular typing and genomic comparison techniques of bacteria (e.g., MLST, SNP, pan-genome, phylogeny)
  • Ability to identify, interpret and communicate complex biological principles from molecular, meta, and informatics data
  • Assists with conducting research in defined areas related to the goals of the Institute.
  • Designs and executes scientific experiments and/or scientific software; analyzes and interprets experimental results/data; reviews findings with supervisor.
  • Trains and supervises research associates and/or students and/or data specialists as requested by supervisor.
  • Publishes results of scientific work in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Keeps current with knowledge in relevant scientific discipline through continued reading of the literature.
  • Attends and participates in national and international scientific meetings.
  • Participates in JCVI laboratory meetings and scientific working groups.
  • Works cooperatively with other staff when necessary to achieve JCVI research goals.
  • Abides by environmental, health and safety policies and procedures. This includes reporting potential hazards and when necessary helping to implement solutions to ensure safety and respect for the environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Strictly adheres to all documented JCVI policies and procedures to include carrying out all functions required of Institute employees (i.e. completion of timesheets in an accurate and timely manner).

Job/Position Description- This position is responsible for assisting with conducting research within the Infectious Disease Program at the JCVI. With guidance and consultation from the Department Head, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will design and execute experiments and analyze experimental results/data. As a member of a scientific team led by one or more Professors, Post-Doctoral Fellows are expected to help develop new scientific projects by assisting with the preparation of proposals that seek resources to support new or ongoing projects. Trains and supervises staff assigned to the Department.  Publishes results of work in peer-reviewed journals.  Attends and makes presentations at scientific meetings. Participates in JCVI laboratory meetings and serves on JCVI scientific working groups.

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