Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Molecular Biology

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Life Sciences
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Four-Year Institution

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Position Overview

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: 2DPosition Description

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 assays

Machines & 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
Personal Interaction/Communications:

Student Contact: Possibly for research projectsInternal: Minimal External: MinimalWorking Environment: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).

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    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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