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JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator. DATE CREATED/MODIFIED/REVIEWED: 4/27/10 JB
The Leon Research Group in the Emory Rollins School of Public Health is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral fellow position. The position will be located in Atlanta Georgia with the potential for national and international travel. This is a full-time position lasting 2 years with extensions possible depending on fellowship or grant funding.
The fellow will work to evaluate the potential for infectious norovirus contamination on fresh produce in the harvest and post-harvest environment and evaluate the impact of U.S. food safety practices. Specifically, the fellow will:
- Develop a method for the detection of infectious norovirus in agricultural samples and use this method to quantify the magnitude and relationships between norovirus contamination on at risk produce and matched environmental (hand rinsates/agricultural water) samples from farms in Northern Mexico.
- Assess whether infectious norovirus contamination can be modeled by common bacterial (Enterococcus, E. coli, coliforms, Bacteroidales) and viral (coliphages) indicators on at risk produce and environmental samples
- Collaboratively with PhD student, conduct field research study to evaluate the prevalence of human norovirus infection in farmworkers and association with hand contamination on farms in South Georgia and Northern Mexico
- Develop an integrated Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and Infectious Disease Transmission (IDT) model that simulates the impact of norovirus contamination of produce and strategies for their control
This project is key in the area of food safety, especially in produce safety, because the methodology and findings from this project will serve to drive future research methodology, risk hazard models, and USDA and FDA policy in the US.
Secondary projects available for the candidate include: 1) a new prospective cohort study in Colombia to investigate rotavirus and norovirus immunology and nutrition in mother-infant pairs. 2) a collaborative project with Dr. Karen Levy (Environmental Health) on the impact of the infant microbiome on vaccine responses in Ecuador.
Work will involve 30% project management (overseeing a team of 1-3 MPH students and helping to mentor 1-2 PhD students, grant budget management, and submission of EHSO laboratory and IRB approvals) and 70% work on individual and team research projects.
The candidate will receive mentoring to develop several peer-reviewed publications from this work, and secure additional postdoctoral fellowship funding.
Please see website for a description of our team and other projects: http://www.sph.emory.edu/departments/centers/leonlab/index.html
Candidates must have a PhD and an expertise in laboratory methods such as PCR, RT-PCR, sequencing and immunoassays. Experience in epidemiological methods, data analysis, and fluency in Spanish is also highly desired. Strong candidates will also have international field work experience (preferably in Latin America). Candidates should have strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and management experience. We encourage candidates with interests in enteric disease epidemiology, food safety, and public health laboratory research to apply.
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