Research Project Description
Detection and Isolation Fellowship
Microbial Methods Development Branch
Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
A research opportunity is currently available in the Microbial Methods Development Branch within the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This research will reassess the current FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Method for the detection and isolation of Shigella spp. in foods. The BAM is a collection of procedures preferred by FDA analysts for the detection of pathogens in food.
The participant may be involved in the following activities:
- Performing experiments as designed by the Principal Investigator (PI)
- Assisting in the generation of growth curves of different Shigella strains under various physiological conditions (temperature, pH, oxygen content)
- Assisting in the generation of growth curves of the normal flora present on sweet pepper, tomato, parsley, cilantro, cucumber and green onions under various physiological conditions (temperature, pH, oxygen content)
- Maintaining a detailed report and presenting findings to PI
- Assisting the PI in performing the initial evaluations to determine the inocula that will provide fractionally positive results
- Conducting comparisons of the relative effectiveness of soak and rinse methods in the recovery of various strains of Shigella from artificially inoculated produce
- Creating data reports and presenting findings in meetings
The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Washington D.C./Baltimore Metropolitan area. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field of study related to microbiology received within the last five years.
- Prior laboratory experience is desired.
How to Apply:
To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of FDArpp@orau.org. Please reference FDA-CFSAN-2014-0002 in all communications.