Performs research on phage and microbial pathogens of military relevance (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella, Shigella, Pseudomonas, etc.), including genetic modification of bacteriophages and bacterial hosts and animal testing.
Independently plans, coordinates and performs microbiological studies and genetic studies of bacteriophages and bacterial pathogens, including animal modeling, under biosafety level 2 and 3 conditions.
Acts as a Principle or Associate Investigator in managing research projects within the 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 insuring 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.
Prepare human use and/or animal use protocols.
Completes all required safety, biosafety, and security training classes.
Obtain required occupational physical examinations, annual serologic tests, and any required security clearance to conduct work in department laboratories.
Ph.D. degree with ten (10) years of experience as an investigator in bacteriophage and microbiological research
Must have significant experience working with infectious/pathogenic bacteria.
Experience with genetic modification of bacteriophages and pathogenic bacterial hosts and performing tests both in vivo and in vitro is necessary.
Must have significant experience using DNA sequence analysis software.
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 have experience in statistics and applications of statistics to biological research.
Must be able to integrate current scientific concepts and creatively apply them to U.S Army research objectives.