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Post Doctoral Researcher

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To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume’ or CV, a cover letter addressing each of the required and preferred qualification, and 2 reprints of peer reviewed manuscripts.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18038
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Seth Walk

Classification Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Working Title Post Doctoral Researcher
Brief Position Overview

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow is being recruited to conduct NIH-R01 funded research that addresses the role of the human microbiome in detoxifying arsenic following ingestion by the host. In general, the research will examine various aspects of the hypothesis that differences in arsenic metabolism by the gut microbiome, in combination with variability in host metabolism, explains arsenicosis penetrance in exposed populations. This polyphasic project uses germ free mice and customized microbiomes, and employs a combination metabolomic, transcriptomic, molecular genetics, cell biology and histological approaches.

Position Number 4C0443
Department Microbiology & Immunology (CoA)
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary range of $47,484 to $58,560 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

A postdoctoral research associate is needed to conduct research concerning how the gut micriobiome infleunces arsenic metabolim in the mammalian host.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will primarily work with Dr. Seth Walk in collaboration with other faculty to conduct work involving metabolomics, RNA-Seq and molecular genetics to conduct experiments that aim to differentiate between the roles of host vs. microbial cells. Responsibilities will include independent research:

1) in the generation and analysis of various bacterial mutants that vary regarding their redox transformations of arsenic, and how these traits affect host uptake of ingested arsenic

2) collect and analyze mouse phenotypic and next generation sequencing data, use appropriate statistical approaches, functional validation of candidate genes, and communication of results in peer-reviewed journals, conferences presentations, and project reports.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, or related fields
2. Demonstrated experience with creative research and peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Experience in:
1) next-generation sequence analysis
2) molecular genetics
3) redox biochemistry

The Successful Candidate Will

Have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search
Position End Date (if temporary)
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on September 15, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload your current resume’ or CV, a cover letter addressing each of the required and preferred qualification, and 2 reprints of peer reviewed manuscripts.

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Applicant Documents

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  1. Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
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