Duties include, but not limited to:
- Performs research on bacteriophages and microbial pathogens of military relevance (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus, Shigella, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, etc.), including in-depth bacteriophage characterization and animal modeling.
- Independently plans, coordinates and performs microbiological and genetic studies of bacteriophages and pathogens, including animal modeling, under biosafety level 2 and 3 conditions.
- Acts as a Principle or Associate Investigator in managing research projects within a defined scope of work.
- Modifies established experimental techniques as required and establishes new techniques in the laboratory-based on information provided in the scientific literature.
- Analyzes and reports experimental results.
- Maintains accurate and appropriate research records including maintaining laboratory notebooks compliant with standards of laboratory work (replicability) and with WRAIR/Army regulations.
- Maintains knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and techniques required to accomplish the research duties.
- Trains and supervises junior technical staff to accomplish objectives.
- Maintains laboratory operation, including ensuring stocks of laboratory supplies and reagents, maintains laboratory safety, orderliness and cleanliness.
- Writes and publishes articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; prepares data for presentation at scientific meetings in accordance with WRAIR policy for Authorship of Manuscripts Sent to Scientific Journals.
- Prepares proposals and progress reports for the performance of research projects.
- Integrates and coordinates scientific experiments in the field of expertise.
- Participates in planning sessions for program design and direction.
- Prepares human use and/or animal use protocols.
- Completes all required safety, biosafety, and security training classes.
- Obtains required annual occupational physical examinations, serologic tests and any security clearances required to conduct work in department laboratories.
- Ph.D. degree with at least ten (10) years of experience as an investigator in bacteriophage and microbiological research.
- Must have significant experience working with infectious/pathogenic bacteria.
- Experience is necessary in genetically manipulating pathogenic organisms, testing bacteriophages in both in vitro and in vivo models and analyzing bacteriophage genome sequences.
- Must have experience in applications of statistics to biological research.
- Must have experience in BSL-2 and BSL-3 environments.
- Must have an excellent command of written and oral English and a demonstrated ability to write and publish in English peer-review journals.
- Must be able to integrate current scientific concepts and creatively apply them to U.S Army research objectives. Must have experience in statistics and applications of statistics to biological research.
- US Citizenship required