Molecular Biologist Intern
Located on the San Antonio Military Medical Center campus, Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, Texas, NAMRU-SA serves as one of the leading research and development laboratories of the U.S. Navy. The Command's Mission is to conduct gap driven combat casualty care, craniofacial, and directed energy research to improve survival, operational readiness, and safety of Department of Defense personnel engaged in routine and expeditionary operations.
A research opportunity is available with the Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU), located in San Antonio, TX. NAMRU is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with an educational background in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or Biochemistry.
Research in developing (1) Prevention Strategies for Dental Caries Using Phage Therapy and (2) Novel Diagnosis and Treatment of Envenomation by Venomous Marine Animals for Marine Expeditionary Forces.
Research activities will include:
a. Identify and help design consensus/unique amino acid sequences of venom proteins.
b. Screen phage display library against venom peptide.
c. Conduct panning, ELISA, and venom activity assay.
d. Evaluate the various effects and efficacy of antivenom on inhibiting cellular and systemic damage induced by snake venoms.
f. Collaborate with engineers, biologists, analytical chemists, toxicologists, and veterinary science staff.
g. Initiate new hypothesis driven research and prepare technical report, manuscript, poster, abstract, and proposal.
h. Participate in key meetings with team members and collaborating organizations.
This ORISE appointment is for a twelve month period. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by NAMRU-SA. 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
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
Additional information that may be included if applicable:
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DOD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation.
-Must be a U.S. citizen
-Must possess Ph.D. in cell biology, molecular biology, or microbiology
-Knowledge of molecular biology, bacteriology, proteomics, and safety procedures
-Knowledge with genetic engineering, phage biology, bacterial growth, tissue staining, tissue culture, LEISA,
-RT-PCR, and immunofluorescent staining