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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Post Doctoral Fellow- Nursing Reserch in Atlanta, Georgia


JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

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This unique interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship will provide training and mentorship in the study the human microbiome and cancer and associations among the microbiome and clinical outcomes. This opportunity focuses on the role of the microbiome in cancer symptom and adverse event promotion as well as the microbiomes’ association with cancer incidence, recurrence and or treatment outcomes. Additional areas of mentored research include interaction among the microbiome and patient reported outcomes (PROs) measurement; quality of life; symptom management across cancer sites; study of molecular markers and the microbiome as predictors of treatment-related toxicities; microbiome and metabolomics, and health disparities. The postdoc will join the interdisciplinary research team of Dr. Deborah Watkins Bruner, Senior Vice President of Research (Emory University; and, which includes nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians and microbiologists.

This position will be co-mentored by microbiologist, Dr. Kostas Konstantinidis (Georgia Tech; The work will involve wet-lab, molecular work with healthy and tumor samples as well as bioinformatics analysis of resulting sequence and metabolomics data. Research tasks will involve both culture-dependent and independent methods, with the latter focused on comparative analysis of single-cell genomic, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic datasets.

Emory University and Georgia Tech are dynamic research environments, with a strong core of researchers interested in human health, cancer, microbiology, genomics, and bioengineering, and strong collaborative projects across the two campuses. The Institutes collectively offer exceptional resources for cancer research, bioinformatics and high-performance computing, and exciting opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration with computational scientists and human health researchers. Georgia Tech and Emory University were both recently voted among the best places to work, and Atlanta is consistently ranked among the top ten places to live for young professionals.

The postdoc will be encouraged to develop independent lines of research within the broader goals of the projects, and will work collaboratively with Drs. Bruner and Konstantinidis, their research teams as well as graduate students to perform research and synthesize results for publication. Submission of a career development award to the NIH, NCI or ACS by the end of year 2 is an expectation of the position.

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated by experimental and analytical challenges, and have strong skills and will seek, as needed, additional training in statistical analysis or bioinformatics techniques or the microbiome or cancer. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in nursing, medicine, epidemiology or related to the microbiome.

This position can begin as early as January 2020, although there is flexibility in the start date. Funding is available for at least five years contingent upon satisfactory progress in year one; applicants should express their ability to commit to the project for the initial two years.

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Job Number 43361

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Nursing

Department SON: Nursing Research

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable