The US Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL) provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization.
What will I be doing?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will be part of a team researching multiple projects focused on various aspects of environmental microbiology. Specific projects include baseline microbiome characterizations of natural subterranean systems representing different geographical locations, testing and evaluating existing DNA based commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) analysis/sensor platforms in the lab and field, and developing, testing and fielding new experimental detection technologies targeting specific microorganisms. You will conduct a series of laboratory, field, and mesocosm studies focused on detecting natural threats in the environment.
You should have skills in:
- Enriching, culturing, and characterizing environmental microorganisms and microbial communities
- Designing and utilizing molecular and cellular diagnostic assays in lab and field settings
- Performing high-throughput DNA sequencing with some skill in bioinformatics analysis.
You will acquire skills in the development and implementation DNA and cell based diagnostics for field application. You will gain experience through mentorship by senior lab personnel and principle investigators by assisting with publications, technical reports and presentations. You will also learn leadership skills as a mentor to BS-level technicians. Good communication, and interpersonal and writing skills are essential as well as a willingness to work in a highly multidisciplinary environment.
Where will I be located?
What is the anticipated start date?
The anticipated start date is November 1, 2021 . The exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-EL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
This ORISE appointment is a full-time 12 month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Nature of the Appointment
You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
- Microbiological and molecular biology techniques,
- Microbial genomic sequencing
- Bioinformatics (microbial genome assembly/annotation and microbial community analysis)
- Some experience in apply molecular tools in the field.
- Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
- Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 1/1/2022 11:59:00 PM
- Overall GPA: 3.00