Research Scientist

Charlottesville, VA
Aug 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 07-31-2017

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division seeks a Research Scientist to work in the laboratory of Dr. Molly Hughes.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD, preferably in the field of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, or related fields and have at least three years of post-doctoral experience. Candidates must have prior experience writing & publishing manuscripts and have research experience working in all of the following areas:

- Human bacterial pathogens.
- Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
- Microbiology and microbiological techniques/approaches.
- Bacterial genetics.
- Molecular biology approaches and PCR- and/or antibody-based assay development.
- In vivo animal studies.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct independent research in projects associated with the characterization, detection, and molecular epidemiology of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacteria. The overarching goal of the project is to develop innovative diagnostic methods for rapid detection of antibiotic resistance and/or develop novel antimicrobial strategies to combat infections with these multi-drug resistant organisms. The position will entail extensive in vitro experiments with Gram-negative bacteria and potentially, in vivo animal studies.

Experiments involving Gram-positive bacteria may also be performed as part of the ongoing project in order to continue to test and understand underlying mechanisms of action of candidate new antimicrobial agents. The in vivo animal studies will involve the design and execution of experiments using a variety of bacterial pathogens and animal models under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator. Responsibilities will include writing and preparing manuscripts for scientific publication; making presentations at local, regional, national, and/or international conferences; and supervising and training students and staff in a collaborative manner in the laboratory.

Qualified candidates should submit an application at and search for posting #0621403 in the professional research staff listings. In addition to completing a candidate profile, please attach a letter stating your qualifications for this position, a current CV, and the names and contact information of three references. The position will remain open until filled. This position is restricted and contingent upon funding.

Contact Jim McGowan at jm4u@Virginia.EDU or 434-982-1210 with questions regarding this positon.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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