The Pickering Lab at the University of California, Berkeley (https://pickering.berkeley.edu/) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a new NIH funded research study focused on optimizing soil surveillance methods for monitoring soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections and other pathogens in high disease burden communities. The project is a collaboration with Christian Medical College (India), University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), and the University of Washington. The goal is to develop and validate scalable methods for using environmental sampling to profile STH human infection prevalence at the community level to inform public health control programs. Required qualifications include a PhD in environmental engineering, biological engineering, environmental health, or related field, molecular lab experience (DNA extraction, real-time PCR), data analysis (biostatistics, comfortable with R), field experience, and strong interest in developing innovative tools for environmental surveillance for infectious disease. Desired qualifications include international field research experience, Nanopore sequencing, Illumina sequencing, droplet digital PCR, and bioinformatics. The position will be based at UC Berkeley. To apply please email Dr. Pickering (pickering[at]berkeley.edu] a single PDF containing your CV, three references (names and email addresses), and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position. Please put in the email subject “soil epidemiology postdoc”.
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