Postdoctoral Research Associate
- Baylor University
- Location: Waco, TX
- Job Number: 7071070
- Posting Date: Oct 16, 2020
- Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2020
Job DescriptionJob Description:
The Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Human Sciences and Design will support Dr. Debra Harris’ research program by assisting in grant proposal development and writing manuscripts for publication. This position will also assist Dr. Harris’ research by managing and training the graduate and undergraduate students working in the lab.
Anticipated start date is June 1, 2021
Dr. Harris’ research focuses on chemical and biological contaminants known to cause disease. Whether hospital or community acquired, there are a host of viruses, bacteria, and chemical contaminants that are known health risks to humans in occupied environments. Her methodology combines material science, textile science, chemistry and microbiology to assess health risks such as cancer, endocrine, respiratory, and neurological health concerns. Recently, Dr. Harris has started collecting surveillance data for chemical and biological contamination of firefighter turnout gear, apparatus (fire truck) cabs, and fire station live/work areas as the next phase of firefighter cancer research. Collaborations with other researchers at Baylor include a virologist and a cancer biologist, allowing for the investigation to go beyond identification and quantification to evaluating the micro biome to define risks to firefighters.
Current grant proposals in progress focusing on:
(1) firefighter contamination continuum of fire/turnouts/cab/station transmission;
(2) an invitation from the 9/11 museum to test their archived objects for chemical and biological contaminants;
(3) the work to further study SARS-CoV-2 in the indoor environment; and
(4) indoor finish materials gradation and changes in biofilm and harboring pathogens.
•Planning and executing research projects as assigned
•Collecting and analyzing data
•Preparing high-quality and high-impact manuscripts for publication in peer review journals across disciplines
•Securing and maintaining extramural funding
•Managing the Environmental Forensics Laboratory
•Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
Expected qualifications for a candidate include:
•PhD in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Material Science, Microbiology, Public Health, Engineering, or a comparable area of research
•Research experience in two or more of the following fields: microbiology, pathogen detection, biochemistry, material science, and public health or other compatible fields of study
•Clear evidence of scientific productivity
•Excellent written and oral communication skills
•Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment
Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job! As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, and generous time off, they also get to experience Baylor.
•Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (www.baylor.edu/about)
•Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*
•Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
•Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
•Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount
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To Apply: Candidates should submit an electronic packet with the following items to www.baylor.edu/jobs: (1) a cover letter describing of your research experience, interests, and goals, (2) a curriculum vita (CV), (3) a writing sample, (4) Research statement describing your research experience, interests and goals, and how your interest aligns to Dr. Harris. and (5) names and contact information for three professional references.
Questions Regarding Application: For questions pertaining to the application process or to learn more about the postdoctoral research associate position, please contact Dr. Debra Harris at Debra_Harris@baylor.edu.
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