The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health combines expertise in basic and applied infectious disease research, public health, wildlife medicine and conservation. The alignment of these areas promotes cross-disciplinary research that is important to the mission of the Department to improve human, animal and ecosystem health.
What You'll Do
As a Reserach Associate you will will work with the clinical team at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and with research groups in study of the ecology, biology and pathology of RNA viruses at spillover transmission interfaces using collections from wild animal hosts and with collaborating groups working at interfaces with natural populations.
The primary project focuses on investigation of the clinical signs, pathology and pathogenesis of (HPAI) influenza infection in natural hosts. The Research Associate will also assist with team-based projects in the lab including study of the natural history and ecology of SARS-CoV2 infection in animals and the development of primary cell cultures from multiple animal hosts and infection studies to examine viral competency and the impact of host/virus genetic diversity.
This position is ideally suited for someone with prior experience working in a clinical or research setting with wildlife species and with experience in infectious disease research. While the candidate will be asked to work as part of a greater team, there will be individual projects in which the candidate will be fully responsible. This position will ask the candidate to be trained for BSL3 work and assist with BSL3 studies. The candidate will be expected to perform molecular biology (cloning, PCR), microbiological (culture, viral propagation) and pathology techniques, including necropsy and histopathology.
Additionally, the candidate will be expected to aid in training students as needed. The expectation is that the candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, have high organizational skills, be highly self-motivated and will be encouraged to incorporate innovative techniques. This position also requires prior experience of managing data sets, statistical analyses, interpreting and presenting biological data sets and scientific writing for publications.
What We're Looking For
- A DVM with experience in both research and working with wildlife species in a clinical or rehabilitation setting
- Foundational understanding of microbiology, virology, or a related field
- Skills and experience in animal pathology and related techniques
- Strong written and communication skills
- Experience and willingness to handle animals in a research and/or field setting
- Interest in comparative pathology and animal models of infectious diseases
- Experience in sterile techniques and virology is preferred.
- Candidates holding a DVM with interests in infectious disease research are particularly encouraged to apply