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Toxoplasma

Note: For staff vacancies, application must be made through the Human Resources website. To search for openings in CTEGD, search by department name (Ctr Trop Emerging Glob Disease) or the posting number. If you are interested in a post-doctoral fellow position, please contact the principal investigator directly.

Scientific Data Specialist (Posting # S02662P)

As a Scientific Data Specialist, you will join a growing team responsible for processing global epidemiologic data sets to make them easily accessible and openly available to epidemiologists, laboratory researchers, field biologists, clinicians and policy-makers. The successful applicant will work collaboratively as part of a 30+ member team including epidemiologists, biologists, annotators, data-loaders, ontologists, user-interface specialists, software developers and outreach staff to present our global user base with intuitive and informative web interfaces for accessing and interrogating large-scale datasets. This position will focus on processing data received from study investigators according to ClinEpiDB SOPs, including tracking data files received from the data providers, managing day-to-day communications to ensure accurate understanding and interpreting of the data sets, working with our ontology team to map variables to display hierarchies and ontology terms, and working with data providers to QC the resulting web sites. Effective communication skills are required, including the ability to coordinate groups from diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds. An understanding of the challenges posed by large-scale epidemiological data is highly desirable. This position may require some international travel, support at workshops and webinars, participation in scientific writing and keeping up-to-date with the pertinent scientific literature. Ample opportunity for advancement.

Research Professional I (Posting # S02619P)

This position provides research support to the cell and molecular biology research programs of Drs. Silvia N.J. Moreno and Roberto Docampo.

The successful candidate will be trained in molecular biology, energetic and self-driven, and have a strong interest in biomedical research.

EuPathDB Project Coordinator (Posting # S02568P)

The Eukaryotic Pathogen Database resource (EuPathDB.org) is a large, multi-institutional project responsible for developing and providing scientific data-mining websites used by researchers worldwide to study selected microbial pathogens, including those responsible for malaria and enteric disease. Leveraging experience with the integration and analysis of pathogen genomics and functional data, we are seeking to fill a coordinator position, to assist with project coordination as we expand to support additional projects and initiatives.

PhD in relevant field (biology, bioinformatics or computer science), with at least four years of experience with large projects, and at least two of those in a project manager or project coordinator role. Significant familiarity with communication ( e.g. Slack, Zoom, GTM, OneDrive, Wiki, GoogleDocs Team Drive, etc.) and management tools, e.g. Jira, Redmine and GANTT charts.

Research Technician 1 (Posting # S02573P)

This position is for a Research Technician in a highly productive lab at the Center for Tropical and Global Emerging Diseases. This position will not initially entail research, but the opportunity to conduct research will exist if desired. We are looking for someone that can balance the dynamic needs of a large lab consisting of Postdocs, graduate students, research professionals, technicians, and undergrads. Our lab stocks and continually purchases a large amount of consumable items and reagents. We would like this person to manage the ordering and inventory of our lab, working with sales reps as needed to ensure our pricing is competitive and quotations up-to-date. We would also like this person to be involved in the preparation of hTERT human fibroblast immortal cell lines, as our organism requires these cells for culturing and thus a consistent supply is needed which will require multiple preparations each week. Although we have several defined duties, your overall responsibility will be to assist the lab with whatever is needed, a duty which can involve different and diverse tasks each day. Previous experience with these tasks is not needed, as we only need a highly motivated individual who can be trained on these duties.

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Research Professional 1 (Posting # S01838P)

This individual will participate in testing of novel compounds against in vitro growth of parasites and also in vivo in well-established mice model. The project involves single drug testing as well as drug combinations in vitro and in vivo. The candidate will work fairly independently and it is expected he/she will be able to statistically analyze and interpret the data.

In addition, the candidate will be involved in other related projects on the characterization of the targets for some of the drugs. This part of the project involves the use of molecular techniques, like DNA cloning, protein purification, northern and Southern blot analyses, handling of radioactive reagents, immunofluorescence microscopy, use of calcium indicators and others.

Experience in tissue culture techniques, handling of animals and basic laboratory tasks. Knowledge and handling of molecular biology techniques. Energetic, self-driven with a strong interest in biomedical research.

Bachelor’s degree and some related experience or equivalent combination required. Area-specific certification and/or training may be required and other training will be provided as appropriate.

Systems Administrator Specialist (Posting # S01663P)

The Eukaryotic Pathogen Database resource (EuPathDB.org) is a large, multi-institution project that develops scientific data-mining websites used by researchers worldwide to study selected microbial pathogens, including those responsible for malaria and enteric disease.

We are seeking to fill an open position on our systems team for a Systems Administrator to handle management, monitoring, and day to day operations of infrastructure that serves our websites. We require someone who is able to quickly learn new technologies and is excited about solving interesting problems. Understanding of security principles, environment separation, and service management is a must. We believe services should be scalable, fault-tolerant, and well documented.

The successful applicant will ensure that systems are updated, secure, monitored and maintained. They will use puppet to manage provisioning of users and services, interact with developers and users to troubleshoot issues and provide technical support, and monitor logs and alerts to ensure system security and performance.

We prefer to fill this position at UGA, but there is the possibility of the incumbent working at the University of Pennsylvania, which is the primary institution for the Eukaryotic Pathogen Database resource project.

• Solid Unix/Linux experience, and scripting knowledge (bash, python, perl, etc.)
• Understanding of networking and firewall management and experience with server hardware and troubleshooting.
• Familiarity with automation and configuration management tools (Puppet, ansible, chef, etc.)
• Experience with monitoring, metric gathering and visualization tools (nagios, graphite, grafana, collectd, etc.)

Research Technician III (Posting # S02377P)

Research Tech position in moderate sized, highly dynamic and productive research lab working in immunity to human parasitic infections using primarily mouse models. Specific duties will vary with project but may include maintenance of cultured cells and parasites, performance of in vitro and in vivo tests for effectiveness of anti-parasite drugs, plasmid construction, CRISPR screening and immunological assays (Luminex, Flow Cytometry). Many opportunities for developing a diverse skill set and for gaining experience in designing and executing research experiments and protocols. Successful candidate will be able to prioritize work duties and manage details of experiment execution. Successful applicant must be willing to work with mice and human pathogens.

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Research Technician I (Posting # S02310P)

The individual will work in a team environment to test antimalarial drugs. They will conduct experiments with in vitro tissue culture, dissect mosquitos to isolate the malaria parasite infective forms, and conduct high content imaging analysis of the results. The individual will also travel to Southeast Asia to conduct research. The incumbent will need basic laboratory skills. Also, it is preferred for the individual hired to be trained in tissue culture techniques.

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Program Coordinator II (Posting # S01588P)

Program Coordinator position in a moderate sized, highly dynamic and productive research lab working in immunity to human parasitic infections using primarily mouse models. The individual will have to coordinate specific research projects and general lab functions. Duties will include coordinating budgets for multiple projects, meeting planning, agenda prep, travel arrangement, and scheduling. The incumbent will also assist in preparation of meeting and grant reports as well as manuscript and presentation prep. Project administration will also be performed (tracking work duties, data/results storage). Will also be assisting in the various permitting procedures required for a biomedical lab.

Completion of a master’s degree with 2 years of related experience; OR completion of a bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience.

Very good writing and presentation skills needed.

Experience in the biological sciences required.

Comfort with data storage and analysis preferred.

Research Technician I (Posting # S01455P)

This position is for a Research Technician in a highly productive lab at the Center for Tropical and Global Emerging Diseases. This position will not initially entail research, but the opportunity to conduct research will exist if desired. We are looking for someone that can balance the dynamic needs of a large lab consisting of Post docs, graduate students, research professionals, technicians, and undergrads. Our lab stocks and continually purchases a large amount of consumable items and reagents. We would like this person to manage the ordering and inventory of our lab, working with sales reps as needed to ensure our pricing is competitive and quotations up-to-date. We would also like this person to be involved in the preparation of hTERT human fibroblast immortal cell lines, as our organism requires these cells for culturing and thus a consistent supply is needed which will require multiple preparations each week. Although we have several defined duties, your overall responsibility will be to assist the lab with whatever is needed, a duty which can involve different and diverse tasks each day. Previous experience with these tasks are not needed, as we only need a highly motivated individual who can be trained on these duties.

Highly motivated and dependable person who enjoys learning new and different things.

Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs.

Must be able to sit or stand at laboratory workbench for extended periods of time.

Program Coordinator II (Posting # S01052P)

Program Coordinator position in a moderate sized, highly dynamic and productive research lab working in immunity to human parasitic infections using primarily mouse models. The individual will have to coordinate specific research projects and general lab functions. Duties will include coordinating budgets for multiple projects, meeting planning, agenda prep, travel arrangement, and scheduling. The incumbent will also assist in preparation of meeting and grant reports as well as manuscript and presentation prep. Project administration will also be performed (tracking work duties, data/results storage). Will also be assisting in the various permitting procedures required for a biomedical lab.

Very good writing and presentation skills needed.

Experience in the biological sciences required.

Comfort with data storage and analysis preferred.

Trisha Dalapati in the lab
Angel Padilla
trainee Karla Márquez Nogueras