Post-Doctoral Associate

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Location: College Park, MARYLAND
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Posting Details
Vaccine Protocol

Posting Details

Position Number: 124010
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 100
Unit: AGNR-Dean-Joint Inst for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
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Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
JIFSAN, a joint program of the University of Maryland and the U.S. FDA CFSAN (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition), is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to continue and improve bioinformatic solutions for detecting SARS-CoV-2 (SC2) within wastewater. The position will require a robust understanding of bioinformatics and the analysis of data from next-generation sequencing technologies.
  • Maintain and improve the CFSAN Wastewater Analysis Pipeline (C-WAP), which is a collection of shell, python, and other scripts managed via NextFlow and run on on-prem and cloud computing HPC resources.
  • Evaluate emerging methods for detecting and quantifying the abundance of SC2 within mixed samples such as wastewater.
  • Assisting research microbiologists in the analysis and development of laboratory protocols to optimize capture of SC2 within wastewater.
  • Presenting of data at scientific meetings in either oral or poster form as well as publishing of research and developments in peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or other relevant areas.
  • Experience with performing expert programming and independent development of workflows and pipelines to manage and analyze next-generation sequence data.
  • Demonstrated broad and extensive knowledge of computational and programming methods for the management and analysis of next-generation sequence data.
  • Possesses a strong commitment to producing production level code and best practices in managing and versioning code.
  • Possesses a working understanding of genomics and biology as it relates to whole-genome sequencing, de novo genome assembly, QC/QA of whole-genome sequence data, etc.

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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 08/10/2022
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 08/31/2022
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Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
Women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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