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Molecular Diagnostics Post-doctoral FellowshipPosted by: Wildlife Conservation Society
Posted date: Dec-09-2019
Location: Bronx, NY
Molecular Diagnostics Post-doctoral Fellowship
Location: Bronx Zoo
Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY, seeks to hire a full-time Molecular Post-doctoral Fellow, for 1.5 years, to participate in the development and implementation of portable, field-friendly molecular diagnostic tools for zoo and field-based conservation projects. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in genetics or molecular biology, proficiency in conventional and quantitative PCR and RT-PCR assay development including primer and probe design, multiplex PCR, DNA/RNA extraction, DNA sequence analysis, and bioinformatics analysis. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience using MinION/Oxford Nanopore Technology. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese would benefit the international component of the project.
Applicant must be motivated and self-driven and have the ability to work independently, must meet deadlines, and actively contribute to grant and manuscript preparation and submission.
Primary responsibilities include 1. performing research and development, and testing and troubleshooting of scientifically rigorous protocols (including all appropriate controls) and field-based DNA extraction procedures for species identification from a variety of tissue samples including bone, 2. develop, validate and optimize PCR assays and sequencing protocols on standard and new technology equipment for species identification (includes primer design and optimization, melt curve analysis and sensitivity studies), 3.validate protocols using hand-held PCR for use in field settings (including solar power for off-the-grid situations), 4. participate in international training activities and help to organize and coordinate related training workshops, 6. prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, 7. perform grant writing to fund research initiatives, 8. participate in weekly lab meetings, program meetings and other WCS molecular lab activities.
The position is based at the WCS's Bronx Zoo Wildlife Health Center, Bronx, NY. This 30,000 square foot hospital includes molecular diagnostics and clinical laboratories, necropsy, and histology laboratories, a sterile surgery suite, treatment room, digital radiography and ultrasound imaging suite, interior and exterior animal wards, a nursery and ICU, biomaterials archives, offices and meeting rooms.
Additional information about the position and our programs is available by contacting:
Tracie Seimon, PhD
Wildlife Conservation Society
Zoological Health Program
Head, WCS Molecular Program
Please visit http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers/nyc-full- time.aspx for a complete job description and instructions on how to apply online. Application review will begin on January 1, 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Required application materials are a letter of intent listing prior experience and positions, including credentials and career goals; curriculum vitae; and the names of 3 professional references.