Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Position TitlePostdoctoral Research AssociateVacancy IDPDS002882DepartmentGlobl Hlth and Infect Disease - 427801Position TypePostdoctoral ScholarSalary RangeDependent on Qualifications/ExperienceFull-time/Part-timeFull TimeIf part-time, hours per weekFTE1.00Proposed Start Date11/02/2020Estimated Duration of Appointment12 MonthsPosting Open Date10/02/2020Posting Close DateOpen Until FilledYesWork LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Summary

The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow or research associate with experience in pathogen sequencing to carry out projects related to the transmission and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, especially SAR-CoV-2 and Plasmodium spp. The fellow will join a dynamic group of investigators in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL; who are conducting translational research projects on a range of pathogens across sites in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as in North Carolina.

Initial projects will focus on sequencing SARS-CoV-2 clinical samples collected in North Carolina to describe patterns of transmission, especially within households vs.the community. Subsequent work may involve sequencing from clinical samples collected at our African field sites. There will be ample opportunity to expand into a wide array of projects related to the molecular epidemiology of malaria – tracking parasite diversity through human-to-mosquito transmission, using targeted sequencing approaches to define patterns of malaria relapse, and studying the population genetics of neglected malaria species like P. ovale or P. malariae.

The fellow will be expected to carry out both wet lab work (library preps, real-time PCR assays) and phylogenetic/bioinformatic analyses on viral and parasite sequences. They should ideally have established expertise in pathogen sequencing and phylogenetic and/or bioinformatics analysis. They can expect to develop new laboratory, epidemiologic, and bioinformatics skills, to conduct meaningful translational research, and to have opportunities for authorship and career development.

UNC is the oldest public university in the United States and consistently ranked among the nation’s top public universities. There are ample resources available to support the research and career development of early scientists, including advanced research infrastructure, training and mentorship at all levels, and ample opportunities or interdisciplinary collaboration. The UNC Division of Infectious Diseases boasts over 90 faculty members and houses a diverse group of researchers from basic biomedical researchers to translational scientists and clinical trial specialists. The Division of Infectious Diseases operates within the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), which is home to an internationally renowned AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, IDEEL, and other leading research groups across a range of pathogens.

Educational Requirements

PhD, DrPH, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree with experience in molecular biology, epidemiology, or related fields.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have experience in pathogen sequencing and familiarity with phylogenetic analysis. Proficiency in the laboratory and a track record of independent experimental design is required. Comfort with bioinformatic analysis and molecular assay development is desired. Candidates should have strong analytical and laboratory skills as demonstrated by relevant publications in respected journals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * What discipline was your Ph.D. in?

      (Open Ended Question)

    2. * What are your future career goals?

      (Open Ended Question)

    3. * What experience do you have with molecular biology techniques (laboratory and/or bioinformatics)?

      (Open Ended Question)

    4. * What experience do you have in pathogen sequencing and familiarity with phylogenetic analysis?

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    Posted: 10/4/2020
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