Post-Doctoral Associate AD-Drew

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD-Drew


VPR-Center Trop Emerg Glob Dis

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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The Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) at the University of Georgia is one of the largest international centers of research focused on diseases of poverty. Researchers and students work together on some of the most important causes of human suffering around the world, including malaria, schistosomiasis, African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, cryptosporidiosis, toxoplasmosis, leishmaniasis, and filariasis.

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Athens Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


Design and Execution of Laboratory Experiments: This includes the production and generation of DNA plasmid vectors, growth and transfection of parasite cell lines, selection and characterization of generated mutant cell lines followed by their storage and cataloging of these and all materials made during the process of experimentation. The process of mutant parasite characterization includes but is not limited to the use of PCR, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, protein isolation, qRT-PCR and multiples levels of microscopic analyses.

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Formatting and Presentation of Acquired Data: An important aspect of this position is the generation of published manuscripts and public presentations of recent results at scientific conferences. As data is collected, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to produce publication quality figures, appropriate statistical analyses, draft manuscripts and presentation slides so that the results obtained can be effectively disseminated to the public in both written and presentation formats.

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Training and Guidance: As part of the training and development of managerial skills, this position expects the post-doctoral fellow to provide training and support to both undergraduate and graduate students as they themselves seek to improve their skills in wet-lab experimentation. This effort is essential for promoting progress in the lab, educating the next generation of scientists and for training maturing post-doctoral fellows in managing and developing junior scientists.

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Post-Doctoral Associate AD





Position Summary:

Lead the characterization of several newly identified molecular components of the Cytostome/Cytopharynx complex of T. cruzi which will include genetic manipulations of the parasite and an analysis of resulting phenotypes using several established in-house assays. Position will work in tandem with our collaborators to develop parasite lines that will allow high resolution in vivo tracking of parasite colonization of its insect vector (R. prolixus) using luminescence and fluorescence-based imaging techniques. Additionally, this work will involve the production of parasite material for analysis via mass spectroscopy to identify specific host protein and lipid species being endocytosed by T. cruzi across all life cycle stages.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Training in kinetoplastid parasitologist with training in both super-resolution microscopy, parasite manipulation and basic biochemical methodologies desired.

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Sitting/standing for long periods of time.

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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time