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Job Opportunity: Research Associate, Baylor Esoteric + Molecular Laboratory, Chattanooga, TN

Posted by on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Job Opportunities .

Baylor Esoteric + Molecular Laboratory is hiring a research associate to further develop COVID-19 testing strategies and uncover the impacts of respiratory pathogen co-infections. Since the start of the pandemic, the laboratory has been at the forefront of developing molecular diagnostics and COVID-19 testing. This postdoc would lead several new projects that are critical for our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and work directly with various partners across our country.

Job description:

Validate pooled testing for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance
Work with industry partners to validate other testing approaches
Test saliva for co-infection of SARS-CoV-2, Streptococcus pneumoniae, influenza A, influenza B and/or other respiratory pathogens
Seek FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the above activities
Prepare detailed protocols, presentations, and manuscripts to share data with other scientists and public health agencies
Co-lead large interdisciplinary collaborations to advance SARS-CoV-2 surveillance
Assist with student research work and co-teach an introductory course in Molecular Methods

Job requirements:
PhD in virology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics or relevant field
BSL2+ training, experience working with clinical samples
Experience with pathogen (virus/bacteria) molecular diagnostics
Strong written and oral communication
Must be highly dependable, diligent, well-organized, and willing to work both independently and collaboratively
Dynamic pedagogical skills that are able to engage high school students in the pursuit of scientific research
As with all openings, Baylor seeks candidates eager to enrich a diverse and inclusive community and to support a multi-faceted educational program designed to address the needs of the “whole person.” Successful candidates promise to exemplify the virtues that Baylor hopes to instill in its students.

The position will remain open until the job is filled, and the start date is immediately.

Interested in joining our team?

Applicants should email as a single, combined PDF: a cover letter, a CV, transcripts, and contact information for three references to Elizabeth Forrester, Director of BEML (