The selected candidate will provide research support for the Coral Health and Disease Program located at the NOAA, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) laboratory in Charleston, SC. The research support will encompass a variety of aspects of coral health and disease that include physical chemical and biological disturbance to their health. The position requires that the individual be able to work with a degree of independence and responsibility. This will require the ability to search, read and understand primary scientific literature to a degree they can contribute both in technical and scholarly aspects to discussions with the team lead or PI to establish daily goals and objectives within an assigned project. The research is primarily laboratory based but does have a portion of work that involves field missions to investigate coral and environmental conditions at specific locations domestically and internationally. The individual is expected to participate both technically and intellectually in the preparation of written reports of research findings and presentations when appropriate. The research will be conducted as a member of an interdisciplinary research team of scientists under the direction of the principal investigator.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a. molecular biology (i.e., isolation of genomic and cDNA clones, sequencing, genomic DNA mapping, PCR amplification, DNA and RNA preparation, qPCR, oligonucleotide and RNA fragments analysis);
b. molecular microbiology (e.g., aerobic and anaerobic bacterial culture, algal isolation and culture, conducting bacterial water quality analyses);
c. diagnostic assay development (marine organisms preferred)
d. toxicology (e.g., sea urchin toxicity assays and other non-model organisms, dose-response experimental design and execution, bioassays for mutagenesis, endocrine disruption) and statistical analysis of related data
‘omics data analysis (i.e., genomic, proteomic, metabolomics)
3. Experience in the development and implementation of protocols or plans related to invertebrate toxicology experiments with various types of agents (chemical, biological or physical) on marine organisms, is preferred.
4. Significant experience analyzing and drawing inferences from experimental data,
5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and documenting findings in the form of records, reports, and journal manuscripts.
6. Demonstrated ability to perform literature reviews and summarize findings to contribute to scientific manuscripts.
7. Experience in statistics in fields related to toxicology and/or genomics is preferred.
CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.