Job location: San Antonio TAMUSA Employment Type:
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R-038778 Job Title
Postdoctoral Fellow-Biological SciencesAgency
Texas A&M University - San AntonioDepartment
Department of Life SciencesProposed Minimum Salary
San Antonio, TexasJob Type
The Department of Life Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences, at Texas A&M University-San Antonio invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Biological Sciences. The successful candidate will be trained in the Biological Sciences and be willing to work in a collaborative and fast- paced environment. Funding for the position is one year, i.e. from 1 September, 2021, to 31 August, 2022.
The position will be a member of a cohort of five departmental postdoctoral fellows, three of whom are to be hired along with three new research active faculty in the Department of Life Sciences. As part of the inaugural cohort of “Life Science Postdoctoral Fellows”, each fellow will participate in a mentored, guided program of professional development, attend regular journal clubs and lab meetings, and receive support and guidance in grant and fellowship writing.
This is a research position in the laboratory of Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Davida S. Smyth. Dr. Smyth is the Deputy Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and co-PI of the NSF funded project Research Experience in Microbiomes Network (REMNet). Her lab studies the role of anthropogenic activity and the use of antimicrobials in the built environment as drivers of antibiotic resistance. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be primarily employed as an effector of the research agenda of the PI. Given the short duration of this initial appointment, a major part of that agenda will be to secure funding for continued employment via the writing of grant proposals pertaining to the study of antibiotic resistance, the microbiome of the built environment, as well as leveraging undergraduate research to enhance civic and scientific literacy.
This is a grant-funded position. Grant funded positions are time-limited and are contingent upon sufficient grant funding.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Working with PI to advance research in the laboratory by:
Collecting and analyzing data.
Presenting work at seminars and conferences.
Writing manuscripts for publication.
Writing and submitting grant proposals.
Commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive laboratory culture.
Mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers.
May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor.
Required Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biology or equivalent field.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience with basic molecular techniques such as cloning and expression.
Basic microbiology skills.
Experience generating sequencing libraries and analyzing next generation sequencing data.
Experience in designing real-time PCR experiments and analysis of RT-PCR data.
1-2 years’ experience working in a biosafety level 2 laboratory.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience with the command line and basic programming skills in R or python.
Experience working with underrepresented students in STEM at the high school or undergraduate level.
Experience with the analysis of microbiome and transcriptome data sets.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical applications.
Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.
Knowledge of biosafety level 2 laboratories procedures and protocols.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding.
Knowledge of standard laboratory regulatory procedures, including IACUC, IBC, and IRB practices.
Maintain updated training and certification in laboratory safety procedures.
Adheres to Federal, State, and Texas A&M University System procedures, policies, and safety regulations.
Ability to perform light to moderate physical activity.
Some evening and weekend work may be required.
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