CAMRIS is seeking a Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Scientist to support the Walter Reed Army Istitute of Research (WRAIR) Wound Infection Department.
WRAIR aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and US Army requirements and delivers life-saving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the Warfighter.
WRAIR’s vision is to be the premier DoD biomedical research organization, constantly relevant, integrating basic research and advanced technology that protects, projects, and sustains the Warfighter today, invents global medical solutions for the future, and keeps the Warfighter on point for the Nation. WRAIR host three Centers of Excellence for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research, Military Infectious Disease Research, and Enabling Capabilities Research; each center ranging from blast induced neurotrauma to malaria vaccine development.
This position is for a proposal.
- Perform research on phage therapeutics for microbial pathogens of military relevance and animal testing (a minimum of five studies or as required).
- Develop and recommend phage cocktails for the treatment of the ESKAPEE pathogens (Enterococcus species, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloacae, and Escherichia coli) and approval by the team lead and department chief (a minimum of 2 annually or as required).
- Provide technical expertise in bacteriophage biology and genetics, and the isolation, identification and manipulation of bacteriophages. Perform assays to include but not limited to genetic analysis PCR assays, plasmid profiles, biochemical and immunodiagnostic tests, mass spectrometry and organize and tabulate results of studies and prepare data summaries.
- Provide expert-level investigation into novel methods of bacteriophage utility to mitigate infection.
- Maintain department phage inventory and microbial pathogen strain repository and derivative sample inventories.
- Draft grant proposals on phage therapeutics for submission and approval by the department chief and research steering committees (a minimum of six proposals or as required) and report to the COR annually. Proposal due dates will be set by funding agencies. Status updates of this task shall be included in the monthly report.
- Ph.D. or MS in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or other related scientific field.
- Experience in at least one of the following areas: microbial genetics and pathogenesis, cloning and purification methods.