Research Associate - Crisci Lab
Position Number: 00106871
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The mission of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology within the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is to recruit, train, inspire and graduate Doctors of Veterinary Medicine of exemplary knowledge, skill, and character. In order to maintain the intellectual and professional climate necessary to accomplish this mission, the department's faculty will advance veterinary medical science through innovative basic and applied research, inspired mentoring of students (undergraduate, professional, residents, and graduate), excellence in clinical and diagnostic services, and innovative extension and engagement activities. North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is a dynamic community whose members are dedicated to preparing veterinarians and veterinarian scientists while advancing animal and human health from the cellular level through entire ecosystems. With the graduation of its first class in 1985, the CVM is one of the younger veterinary programs in the country. Despite its relative youth, the College has gained international recognition on the strength of its teaching, research, engagement, and patient care efforts and is ranked 3rd among the nation's 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the current U.S. News & World Report survey. Located on 180 acres near downtown Raleigh, the College encompasses 20 buildings on the main Centennial Biomedical Campus. Instruction is in three departments;Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health Pathobiology. In addition to the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, there are programs leading to master and doctoral degrees in several areas with numerous opportunities for specialization.
Essential Job Duties: The selected individual will establish and run virus-host interaction analysis platform including virology techniques, innate immune responses and specific cellular responses to viral infections relevant to pig industry. This might include sample collection in the field or in the slaughterhouse as well as conducted animal trials. The successful candidate will also perform virological, cellular and molecular research to study the interaction between immune cells and Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), one of the most economically significant disease impacting swine production, and influenza virus, a global zoonotic disease included in the One Health approach. The selected candidate will help in developing viral techniques applied to other relevant viruses in other food animal diseases. It is anticipated that the research associate will serve as a co-investigator and/or key personnel, and contribute preliminary data, for both small to moderate intramural and major extramural research grant proposals. The research associate will assist in the development of research projects and hypotheses, and interpret and evaluate data. The selected individual will understand the rationale for the research, and perform related experiments to test research hypotheses. Research activities include independent management of research projects, method development, and designing and carrying out experiments.
Minimum Education/Experience: A relevant Bachelor's and 3 or more years of relevant experience.
Department Required Skills: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Desire and willingness to learn, develop, and execute new experimental techniques and take on challenging scientific problems. Ability to work independently as well as contribute to a supportive team environment. Strong analytical skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple, concurrent projects. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and procedures. Accurate record keeping and data management skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: A Master's degree in virology and immunology or a related field, or a DVM is preferred. A PhD in virology or related field and experience in proteomics and genomics is highly preferred. Previous experience working with large animal models, primary cell isolation and culture, and working under BSL-2 conditions preferred. Experience in virological techniques (virus isolation, production, titration and genotyping), immunological techniques (RNA/DNA isolation, qPCR, ELISA, flow cytometry) and molecular biology.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: NC Driver's License within 60 days of hire.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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