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Requisition Number 17-0070
Post Date 7/21/2017
Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Host/Pathogen Interactions
Position Type Full Time
Work Hours 40 hpw
City Morgantown
State WV
Description Purpose
This position provides research support for the Robinson Laboratory, which investigates the influence of the cytokine environment on immunological responses that control bacterial infection. Current research focus includes early life immunity during bacterial sepsis and strategies to promote improved control of Mycobaterium tuberculosis.

The incumbent serves as a resource contact relative to the research project. Depth skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Independently uses professional concepts and organizational policies to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Work effort has significant impact on client services and operations, producing moderate to major organizational, legal and financial results and/or liabilities. Position duties require oversight of projects.

Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities are functional in nature, and performed under limited supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
1) Assist the PI with developing research methods and approaches.
2) Communicate with colleagues and students effectively about research activity.
3) Actively participate as part of the research team.
4) Attend and contribute to relevant meetings.
5) Initiate research related tasks to the standards and objectives of the specific research project set forth by the PI.
6) Complete research related tasks, including planning, designing, conducting, recording the outcome of experiments, and communicating with the PI.
7) Work independently on daily research activities.
8) Make independent decisions on the use of research techniques, methods, and approaches with guidance from the PI.
9) Deal with day-to-day problems that affect research progress and achievement of objectives and deadlines, referring to the PI for guidance and advice.
10) Create written documentation of research results.
11) Analyze and interpret the results of research experiments.
12) Prepare experimental results for dissemination to the scientific community in the form of publication.
13) Attend and present results at regional, national, and/or international meetings.
14) Assist the PI as required to provide guidance and supervision to support staff and undergraduate/graduate scientists.
15) Provide technical advice and general direction to students as needed so they can achieve maximum potential.
16) Stay current with literature surrounding laboratory research interests.
17) Continue to develop and expand technical skills and knowledge in the focus of the laboratory.

Supervisory/Lead Role
This position reports to the Principal Investigator. It normally receives no instructions on routine work, but will receive instructions/advice when starting a new project or when a difficulty arises in the current project. Typically determines methods or procedures and consults with the supervisor on new assignments. General sharing of knowledge and team participation is expected in the role. Guidance or supervision of others may be required.

Physical Demands
Requires physical abilities to perform laboratory research, including manual dexterity and abilities to see, hear, walk, talk, and feel. Individual is required to lift and carry items of 25 lbs or less or transport such items by cart. Walking and stair climbing occur on a daily basis.

Work Environment
Work will be performed in a standard laboratory environment, using computers and laboratory equipment with electrical connections. The incumbent must comply with all laboratory safety procedures and clothing/equipment requirements. There will be exposure to laboratory chemicals, electrical supplies, but protective measures will be provided.

The following have been identified as possible job exposures of this position requiring WVU Environmental Health and Safety medical monitoring:
1) Animal Contact- direct exposure to vertebrate animals, animal tissues or research with body fluids or wastes
2) Contacting Hazardous Chemicals –daily or weekly, using strong acids or caustics, fuel or tar products or cancer causing chemicals
3) Contact with Human Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM)- includes human body fluids other than feces, urine, tears and sweat
4) Hazardous Materials Responder- for those certified as OSHA Hazardous Materials Responders or lab employees that clean chemical spills in their work
5) Human Pathogen and Biological Research (BSL2+/3)- for those working with or in proximity to certain biological agents
6) Respirator Use- for individuals required to wear a respirator on a routine or emergency basis
7) Scientific Research- research with nanoparticles, lasers, anesthetic, fuels or mining, aquatic or diving etc.
Requirements Requisite Qualifications
Education and/or Experience
1) PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, or a related field.
2) Experience in host-pathogen interaction systems or models.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
1) Knowledge of principles involved with bacterial pathogenesis.
2) Knowledge of basic immunological processes and host response to infection.
3) Ability to perform imaging of cells and tissues.
4) Skilled at working with laboratory animals.
5) Skilled at using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
6) Skilled at identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
7) The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
8) Ability to document and present the results of research.
9) Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format as well as use original or innovative techniques or style due to the nature of the scientific content of the material being presented.
10) Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences
11) Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
12) Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.).
13) Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
14) Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
15) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
16) Ability to meet deadlines, as well as prepare, present and report results effectively.
17) Ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary team of co-investigators from diverse disciplines, orientations, and organizations.
18) Ability to do strategic planning for program development.

Behavioral Competencies
1) Technical skills – Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; assess strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
2) Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups and resolves matters timely.
3) Interpersonal Interactions in the Workplace – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
4) Communications – Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
5) Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
6) Self-Management – Responds to management direction; resourcefully adapts to changes in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercise discretion and sound judgment; is tactful and responsible for own actions. Adheres to work schedule and complies with leave management responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications & Credentials
Education and/or Experience
1) Research experience with animal models of tuberculosis.
2) Experience with advanced microscopy techniques.
3) Experience with rodent models of bacterial sepsis.
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