The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with technical personnel in the Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory on research projects for novel molecular diagnostic testing as well as run clinical tests and validate new clinical protocols. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities for mentorship, leadership through working with undergraduate students and other laboratory personnel, and exploration of both clinical and academic research. This is a dynamic and unique experience to explore clinical research, undergraduate education at a premier liberal arts institution, and impact patient care through novel translational research projects that help get important molecular diagnosis testing to patients. Current projects focus on AI learning and public health, SNP analysis in key cancer genes that impact diagnosis or treatment outcomes, and validating new molecular diagnostics assays in microbiology and women’s health. These are currently funded initiatives; however, we will be looking for additional funding opportunities through grants and external partnerships.
The applicant should have experience of conducting research, publishing journal papers, presenting research at conferences, and advanced quantitative data analyses. The successful applicant should also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Molecular biology experience, particularly in tissue culture, quantitative PCR analysis, sequencing methodologies, and bioinformatics are a plus. Additionally, clear communication and working well with a small team are essential skills for this position.This position is for a 28 month term with option for renewal.Career Band:
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
Processing, analyzing, and interpretation of qualitative/quantitative clinical tests and results
Developing, optimizing, and troubleshooting established and newly-developed laboratory standard operating procedures
Performing continual quality control of laboratory assays to ensure accurate results
Assist the Technical Director with the preparation and updating of laboratory state and federal compliance documents
Help to establish and maintain a research program that involves undergraduate students
Leverage laboratory and technical expertise to accessibly communicate laboratory processes to clients and relevant stakeholders
Attributes of a Successful Candidate
Education: PhD in a molecular-oriented field (with Bachelors containing at least 16hrs of Biology and/or Chemistry courses work)
Experience with Bioinformatics, NGS, Sanger Sequencing, PCR, RT-qPCR, and/or nucleic acid purification Experience working in a BSL-2 environment Experience developing, optimizing, and troubleshooting molecular assaysMachines & Equipment Used:
Real Time PCR machines (ABI 7500 Fast), Standard PCR machine (BioRad 96 well plates), Thermo Kingfisher Flex (RNA/DNA isolation) , Sanger Sequencer (ABI SeqStudio)Supplemental Information
Confidential Information: Patient Protected Information, HIPAA Student Contact:
Possibly for research projectsInternal:
Standing and hands on work 80% of time.Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities.As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 5, 2021, subject to an approved medical or religious exemption.Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders). Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks. Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work). Must be able to carry up to 10 pounds (Sedentary work).