Texas A&M University - Kingsville Research Scientist in Kingsville, Texas
Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Department Of Agronomy & Resource Science
Proposed Minimum Salary
The Research Scientist, under general supervision, designs, performs, and analyzes experiments. Mentors students on analyzing and preparing data results.
We seek a highly motivated individual to work at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center within the Plant Germplasm Quarantine Program (PGQP), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in Beltsville, MD. The PGQP has the only federal plant quarantine facility in the United States for the importation of certain plant propagules prohibited from commercial importation. The function of the PGQP is to establish and maintain foreign germplasm and cultivars under appropriate safeguarding conditions, conduct validated tests for pathogen identification, implement therapy if necessary, and distribute plant propagules free of exotic and destructive pathogens.
The incumbent will be developing high-throughput sequencing (HTS) protocols for the detection of pathogens of quarantine and regulatory significance in imported germplasm. The project involves HTS data analyses using various software packages; establishing correlations between HTS results and standard laboratory diagnostic methods; providing guidelines for using HTS in advanced virus diagnostics. Applicants should have documented knowledge of HTS technologies and experience with genomic data and analysis. Knowledge of virology/plant virology, rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), and viral genome annotation is highly desirable. Experience on pathogen detection and diagnostics is also preferred. The incumbent will be part of a growing team working at the front-end of HTS-based diagnostics with unique bioinformatic capabilities and access to a wide range of quarantine germplasm, laboratory and greenhouse infrastructure. The position offers the opportunity to conduct discovery, characterization, report of viruses and other pathogens.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Designs, performs and analyzes experiments consistent with project objectives. Conducts independent research aligned with the TAMUS member's mission. Keeps detailed records of procedures and data.
Design and execute molecular biology and HTS-related experiments and analyze data.
Develops procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy of data collection and analyses.
Prepares data for publication and presentation. Writes grants and proposals to acquire external funding.
Coordinates laboratory activities. Maintains laboratory instrumentation and follows applicable safety standards.
Education – Ph.D. in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience – Six years of related experience.
Knowledge of – Knowledge of appropriate laboratory and technical equipment. Knowledge of statistical analyses and statistical analyses software. Knowledge of research in practical and/or basic sciences and scientific publications.
Ability to – Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Ability to present information clearly and concisely. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work independently once given a project.
Licensing / Professional Certification – None.
Physical Requirements – None.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ph.D. in Virology, Plant Pathology, Molecular Biology, or related field. Must be able to carry on research independently and have experience working with HTS procedures. Excellent writing and oral communication skills documented by publications are expected.
Supervision of Others
Work beyond normal offices hours and/or work on weekends.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the fastest growing public doctoral university in the nation. Degree offerings include well-known programs in engineering, agriculture and music, and new programs in veterinary technology and criminal justice. Classroom learning is enhanced through hands-on research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Recognized for excellence in affordability, financial aid, athletics and more, Texas A&M-Kingsville offers a complete college experience.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.
If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (361) 593-3705.
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