Graduate student opportunity (PhD) Metagenomics and Metatranscriptomics of multi-species environmental biofilm

Graduate student opportunity (PhD) Metagenomics and Metatranscriptomics of multi-species environmental biofilm

Location: Department of Animal Science Texas A&M College Station, Texas USDA-ARS-USMARC, Meat safety and Quality, Clay Center, Nebraska

Dass lab research focus is on elucidating the molecular mechanism by which food-borne pathogens in a biofilm interact with their surroundings, other bacteria and abiotic/biotic host. In this joint project with Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M and the Meat Safety and Quality Research Unit at the USDA-ARS US Meat Animal Research Center, you will implement innovative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic strategies to systematically decipher the mechanism of protection and dissemination of foodborne pathogens from multi- species biofilms in food-processing environments. You will work closely with PhD students and postdoctoral research associates in the Animal Science Department and with Research Microbiologists at USMARC. This research will lead to improved understanding of microbial interactions in biofilms, pathogen persistence and transmission. These new insights will direct the development of targeted microbial interventions aimed at lowering the risk of food contamination by pathogens.

We are looking for a goal oriented, enthusiastic team player with:

  • MS in microbiology with bioinformatics or computational biology

  • Excellent academic record with expertise in working with next-generation sequencing data

  • Basic understating of statistics

General description and communication

  • Motivated, detail-oriented, independent and have excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work both independently, and cooperatively with others.

  • Strong organizational, written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate results, interpretations, recommendations, and answer complex questions

    internally and externally.

  • Assist with writing manuscripts, and presentation of research results at academic symposia and lab meetings.

Please direct your CV and any enquires to Dr. Sapna Dass ( Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University.

Application deadline: ASAP
Start date: ASAP
Location: Texas, USA