Paid Research Assistant in Microbial Genomics

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
School of Life Sciences
Faculty Name: 
Michael Pavia
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

Skills Required : • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in STEM fields • Basic scientific knowledge demonstrated by previous coursework, or prior work experience in a scientific setting are preferred, but not required • Basic computer skills are required • The student must fit the definition of Underrepresented Minority as per NSF guidelines.

Closing Date: 
September 30, 2019
Location or Campus: 
Life Science Building E 713
Hours Per Week: 

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

The Cadillo Lab has partnered with the “Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities” (WAESO) program to advance microbial research opportunities for undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities. In this project, students will participate as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of two minority undergraduates. The project seeks to (1) functionally characterized 15 novel microbial strains that have previously been isolated from the Amazon jungle, (2) understand the secondary metabolite landscape of these microbial strains, and (3) combine efforts to build a predictive model for development of a synthetic microbial community. We are currently looking for a student who is interested in perusing aim 2. This will involve working closely with a PhD candidate who will teach the student to predict, annotate, and analyze biosynthetic gene clusters from genomic data. Towards the end of the semester this student will work with student from aim 1 to build synthetic microbial communities and test their predictive model. Interview and selection process starts on August 13, 2019, and will remain open until position is filled. Selected student will receive a financial award approved by WAESO. Apply by submitting a Curriculum Vitae or Resume to I am happy to answer any questions submitted to same email.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Apply by submitting a Curriculum Vitae or Resume to I am happy to answer any questions submitted to same email.