Assistant Project Scientist, Karp Lab, Dept of WFCB, UC Davis
The Assistant Project Scientist makes significant and creative contributions to a research or creative project in his/her academic discipline. The appointee possesses the subject matter expertise and the creative energy necessary to function at a high level of competence. The appointee will participate in activities to increase, improve, or upgrade competency. Appointees with Project (e.g., Scientist) titles may engage in University and public service. They do not have teaching responsibilities. Although the Assistant Project Scientist is expected to work independently under the general guidance of an academic member with an independent research program (i.e., Professor, Professional Researcher, Specialist in Cooperative Extension, etc), he/she is not required to develop an independent research program or reputation. He/she will carry out research or creative programs with supervision by an individual in an academic title that carries with it automatic Principal Investigator status. The Assistant Project Scientist does not usually serve as a Principal Investigator but may do so by exception.
I. RESEARCH (90%) Research activity (65%) The Assistant Project Scientist will make significant contributions to projects related to identifying and characterizing microbial populations in soils that suppress the growth of human pathogens. Moreover, he/she will lead a broad effort to synthesize literature regarding the effects of on-farm practices for food-safety. Specifically, he/she will be responsible for completing the following objectives: Objective 1: Identify soils that inhibit the growth/persistence of human pathogenic bacteria (i.e. E. coli, Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes) Objective 2: Identify the bacterial populations within the soils that are responsible for human pathogen inhibition. Objective 3: Synthesize the literature that relates soil management, water management, animal management, vegetation management, and landscape context to foodborne pathogen persistence and survival on farms. The Assistant Project Scientist will coordinate with biological science technicians and scientists at the Western Regional Research Center located in Albany CA. Dr. McGarvey of the USDA ARS will supply office and laboratory space to accommodate this research project. He/she will be responsible, with supervision from Karp and McGarvey, for the experimental design, protocol development, resource management, data collection, and result interpretation. Publication (25%) The Assistant Project Scientist will collect data and write publications in peer-reviewed outlets in collaboration with the (PI) and/or other members of the research team.
II. PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY (5%) The Assistant Project Scientist will participate in professional societies. He/she will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications within his/her field. He/she will coordinate and/or give presentations to commodity groups, laboratory meetings, or invited lectures.
III. UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE (5%) The Assistant Project Scientist will engage in public outreach activities that include presenting scientific research results to relevant stakeholders and providing relevant advice to individuals and public agencies. Moreover, he/she will produce an outward-facing website communicating results from the evidence synthesis to academic, industry, grower, and government stakeholders.
A PhD Degree in Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Environmental Sciences or related field by start date.
ADDITIONAL (met by the start date of the position):
Extensive experience working with human pathogenic bacteria in Biosafety Level II conditions, including pathogenic E. coli, Salmonella enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes.
Experience characterizing soil microbial communities via high-throughput sequencing, including lab work and bioinformatic pipelines.
Evidence of potential for a strong publication record in peer-reviewed outlets.
Experience conducting, writing, and communicating broad literature syntheses
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate via writing and orally.
Interpersonal skills to interact with diverse groups of individuals to facilitate collaborative research, provide information, resolve problems, and increase cooperation among individuals
Aptitude in communicating and extending technical information.
Experience in creating large bacterial isolate libraries (> 10,000 isolates).
Expertise in next generation sequencing methods such as PacBio and Illumina.
Evidence of collaborative, inter-personnel- and communication- skills
SALARY RANGE: Salary dependent upon candidate's qualifications/experience.
TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 100% for one year with the possibility of extension dependent upon progress and funding.
POSITION AVAILABLE/CLOSING DATE: For full consideration, apply by May 24, 2021. Applications received after this date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Copies of your three most important publications, and
Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if within 5 years of either degree).
The search committee will begin reviewing applications after May 24, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.
OTHER QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Daniel Karp via email to email@example.com.
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