Postdoctoral Fellow (Veterinary - taxonomy and molecular epidemiology)

KN-St. Kitts
Job ID
2017-96227
Institution
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Department
Academics

Opportunity at a Glance

The post-doctoral fellow position is an advanced one-year research position beginning as soon as a suitable candidate is found, the aim is to start as soon as the suitable candidate has been found.

Responsibilities

This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to contribute to a better knowledge of the intestinal and nasal bacterial flora of wildlife on the island of St. Kitts and the impact of human activities on the presence of antimicrobial resistance in the bacterial flora under investigation (epidemiological data on capture sites will be available). This challenge will involve both classical bacteriology, molecular investigations on the non-culturable fraction of the microbiome, whole genome sequencing of relevant bacteria, and polyphasic taxonomic investigations. Further in depth studies on the molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant bacteria will increase our knowledge on how antimicrobial resistant bacteria and antimicrobial resistance genes on mobile genetic elements evolve in an environment where no selective pressure by antibiotics is present. The basic objectives of the position include the further professional development of a post-doctoral fellow in advanced scientific knowledge acquisition and communication, honing of practical problem-solving skills in resource-limited settings, and refinement of research abilities, including grant writing.


A candidate with strong interest in taxonomy and molecular epidemiology is sought, to provide support for the isolation and identification of the isolated bacteria , eventually supporting the description of new bacterial species using a polyphasic taxonomic approach in collaboration with other research centres. To provide support for the antimicrobial resistance studies including molecular epidemiology. The research fellow reports directly to the supervising Professor and the Center Director. He will actively collaborate with faculty, veterinary and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students, and RUSVM staff.

Qualifications


• A DVM, biologist, bioengineer, MD or other relevant education and a recent PhD in microbiology (acquired within the past four years) are required.
• Demonstrable skills in molecular biology are essential. Experience in taxonomy and/or antimicrobial resistance studies is an advantage but does not exclude.
• Knowledge of working bioinformatic software as BioNumerics. whole genomes sequence analysis and other is highly desirable.
• No post-doctoral experience is necessary.
• Previous experience in the (co-)supervision of postgraduate students is desirable.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial research team atmosphere.
• Evidence of international peer-reviewed publications, demonstrated grant writing ability could be an advantage.

 
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 

 

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine.   We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

 

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