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Research Associate B

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This position is a 12-month term position. Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Associate B
Department Thayer School of Engineering
Position Number 1125648
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Position Purpose

We seek a microbiologist with a high interest in cystic fibrosis and who is interested in growing those skills in the context of metabolomics in the CF lung. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates on the path to independence in the area of lung microbiology and respiratory infections. Successful candidates will join an active, ambitious, and dynamic community within the research lab group and also through linked to the CF and Lung Biology Centers on campus. There will be ample opportunities to present, publish, and receive mentorship as well as obtain guidance on preparing successful grant proposals and preparing for an academic, industrial, or start up career.
Current research programs focus on:
• Changing the paradigm for diagnosing acute and chronic viral, fungal and especially bacterial (P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, M. tuberculosis, K. pneumoniae, etc) lung, urinary, blood, and other infections using patient breath and other biofluid biomarkers
• Determining the origin of bacteria-lung pathogenesis pathways through bioinformatics and metabolomics approaches
• Evaluation of host-derived molecules as chemoattractants for P. aeruginosa during bacterial pathogenesis
• Exploration of neurological disorder metabolomes (volatile and soluble), including with an underlying infectious etiology, for prognostic determination of severity

Skills & Knowledge

The primary focus for the applicant will be in the context of P. aeruginosa and S. aureus microbiology and pathogenesis in the context of lung infection in patients with cystic fibrosis. We are interested in determining diagnostic biomarkers to discern infection etiology and track it through various clinical scenarios. In addition, we seek to understand the origin of those biomarkers, which exist in a complex, dynamic, but quite fascinating stew in the lung.

Required:
• Ability to design and conduct microbiological experiments independently
• Ability to manipulate bacteria using standard molecular tools
• Ability to interpret results, problem solve and adjust strategy
• Statistical interpretation of raw data
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work with a team
• A high interest in CF microbiology and/or microbiological diagnostic systems
• A high interest in learning analytical (statistical and chemical) skills in order to ask better and better questions of microorganisms and pathogenesis processes
Quite helpful:
• Experience asking hypothesis-driven questions in the milieu of a polymicrobial system
• Analytical chemistry skills (e.g., GC-MS or NMR)
• Use of statistical software or Matlab and/or programming skills (e.g., R, Python)

  • Highly motivated and independent.
Minimum Experience
  • Statistical interpretation of raw data.
  • Extensive laboratory experience.
  • Experience working in a team setting.
Minimum Education

PhD in biomedical engineering, biological sciences, physics, engineering mechanics, pharmaceutical sciences or other relevant disciplines.

SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Professor Jane Hill
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is a 12-month term position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

• Works closely with the PI to establish project goals, design experiments, and interpret results
• Interacts with collaborators from different departments and institutions on a regular basis
• Serves as major contributing member of the research team, participating in the development of research hypotheses and planning the project parameters and scope
• Authors and co-authors research findings and presents at national conferences
• Mentors junior members of the research group
• Conducts instrument design, construction, testing and validation
• Independently conducts research of aspects of multiple projects or runs the research laboratory while engaged in academic/intellectual endeavors
• Responsible for establishing and maintaining experimental schedules and deadlines
• May find/obtain funding for research projects and writes grant proposals and applications

Note: The initial appointment is for a year. Continuing employment is based on availability of grant funds.

-- Performs other duties as assigned.

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