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Postgraduate Associate Position in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Wylllie Lab

Dr. Anne Wyllie, in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health, is seeking a postgraduate associate interested in medical microbiology with a particular focus on understanding the epidemiology of bacteria and viruses in healthy individuals in the community.

The primary pathogens of interest in the Wyllie Lab are Streptococcus pneumoniae, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2. Our work utilizes saliva as a clinical sample type to detect the presence of these in healthy individuals and to study how they move between individuals. In this role you will have the opportunity to expand and/or refine your laboratory techniques and learn important considerations for the validation and optimization of molecular diagnostic protocols and molecular methods for pathogen identification. More specifically, this work will involve techniques such as culture-based pneumococcus detection, DNA and RNA extraction, qPCR, whole genome sequencing, and Luminex assays for antibody detection. Samples from this work come from community cohorts of all ages, so there is also the opportunity to gain experience in clinical studies, with tasks such as recruitment, consenting and study oversight.

The postgraduate associate will actively engage in all aspects of research performed in the lab. As part of your postgraduate training, you will be asked to analyze study results, present these to the research group and/or collaborators at work-in-progress meetings, draft conference abstracts and prepare poster presentations of your work. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of manuscripts, reporting on your findings. Importantly, you will be encouraged to attend departmental seminars as well as professional development courses.

Individuals with a recent bachelor’s or master’s degree and prior experience in molecular and microbiological techniques and bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to apply. The position is for 1 year, extendable to 2 years, with immediate start availability.

To apply, please send your CV and unofficial transcript, and have 2 letters of recommendation sent to: Anne Wyllie, Yale School of Public Health.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

posted: 1.18.2022