Post Doctoral Associate - SEBS - Entomology/Center for Vector Biology
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 139345
Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Associate specializing in the molecular biology and ecology of ticks to carry out USDA-NIFA funded research focusing on tick-borne disease, surveillance and molecular control mechanisms e.g., anti-tick vaccines.
The successful candidate will be an exceptional scientist with a strong track record of published research involving molecular biology, surveillance and ecology of hard ticks (Acari: Ixodidae).
Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills and a publication record consistent with the position. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate in two USDA-NIFA funded projects and lead both field surveillance and lab-based molecular analyses of field ticks consistent with project aims.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a PhD in relevant area of Entomology, Acarology, Ecology, Immunology, or Veterinary Sciences focusing on ticks, tick biology and/or genome-oriented arthropod research.
The successful candidate will regularly utilize basic molecular laboratory equipment (pipettes, balances, agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR instrumentation) in addition to varying bioinformatic tools pertaining to genomic research implemented on high-performance computing clusters. In addition, standard field equipment for tick collection will be utilized and the applicant must complete required Environmental Health safety training and Defensive Driving classes.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to drive a University-owned vehicle, including pick-up truck. Must be able to conduct outdoor field research under New Jersey summer weather conditions.
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