Responsibilities: 1. Propagate and titrate various viruses (including human coronaviruses 229E and OC-43) in cell cultures and embryonated chicken eggs. 2. Conduct experiments to determine the efficacy of various disinfectants against animal and human viruses. 3. Assist a PhD student in conducting experimental studies in chickens and turkeys. 4. Help conduct studies in pigs using porcine circovirus type 3. 5. Perform RNA extraction and RT-PCR on samples collected from items 3 and 4. 6. Prepare samples for next generation sequencing (NGS) and analysis of NGS data. 7. Assist in projects on Salmonella. 8. Because of social distancing requirements, the person in this position should be willing to work after hours and on weekends. 9. Use personal protective equipment as per lab requirements. 10. Collect and test samples from experimentally inoculated chickens, turkeys, and pigs. 11. Collect and organize data for research activities. 12. Collaborate with the PIs in the generation and testing of research hypotheses and data analysis, writing of papers, grants, and reports, preparation of presentations, and publishing manuscripts in scientific journals 13. Attend, participate, or present at laboratory meetings, seminars and conferences. 14. Perform miscellaneous laboratory duties as assigned by the PIs including, but not limited to, ordering supplies and reagents and help the PIS in the organization and coordination of research projects.
Minimum Requirements: Candidates with a Ph.D. degree or equivalent foreign degree in infectious diseases or virology are eligible to apply. Candidates with a D.V.M. degree (equivalent foreign degree) are also eligible to apply.
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should have experience in handling of animals, sampling of live and dead animals, sample processing for cell culture and molecular analysis such as PCR, qPCR and Next Generation Sequencing. Strong organizational, quantitative analysis and writing skills are necessary. Candidates with a strong background in molecular virology, next-generation sequencing, Bayesian analysis, phylogenetic analysis, statistical genetics, and the ability to use R and/or UNIX/command line applications will be given preference.
Internal Number: 337070
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