- Virginia Tech
- Location: Blacksburg, VA
- Job Number: 7077994
- Posting Date: May 7, 2021
- Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionJob Description
This individual will conduct laboratory based basic and applied research on new assays for rapid on-site plant pathogen diagnostics and lab-based infective propagule quantification, development of molecular diagnostic assays for detecting and quantifying antibiotic/ fungicide resistance mutations real-time, design, optimize and validate novel plant pathogen diagnostic and quantification assays using isothermal PCR, classic PCR, chip technologies, ddPCR, qRT-PCR or other similar DNA or RNA platforms or electromagnetic bead technologies, all directed towards plant pathogens of apples and stone fruit (bacteria, fungi, viruses). The successful candidate is expected to independently design, organize and manage lab experiments, budget and order supplies, optimize DNA and RNA diagnostic and quantitative protocols, gene expression, conduct DNA/RNA extractions and experimental trials or any other closely associated tasks related to this research. The candidate is expected to begin new laboratory experiments (including assay validation) for internal and future sponsored research projects under the direction of the project leader, Dr. Srđan Aćimović. The candidate will also be responsible for writing grant proposals, monitoring budget spending, preparing progress reports, collecting and analyzing research findings, presenting in professional meetings and writing research and extension publications. The individual is also expected to mentor graduate students, supervise technicians, and staff and collaborate with faculty and scientists at Virginia Tech and other research institutes. This is a 1year position that is renewable, contingent on performance and available funding.
- Master's degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Biomedical sciences or plant or microbial science-related field.
- Strong scientific writing skills.
- Good statistical analysis skills.
- Skills with microorganism manipulation in vitro and in vivo.
- Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Biomedical sciences or plant or microbial science-related field.
- Research experience in diagnostic assays for microorganisms.
- Familiarity with basic cell and molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA manipulation, gene and genome sequencing, microscopy, nucleic acid extraction, cloning, and gene expression analysis.
- Grant writing experience and research publication record in pathogen diagnostics and quantification sphere.