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Research Project Description

Proteomics/Biopolymer Chemistry Fellowship
Biotechnology Core Facility Branch
Division of Scientific Resources
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

CDC-NCEZID-2014-0039

Project Description:

A fellowship opportunity is available with the Biotechnology Core Facility Branch (BCFB) of the Division of Scientific Resources (DSR) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BCFB is committed to providing high quality, advanced analytical methodology of proteins, synthetic biopolymer reagents, and advanced molecular assays to the CDC scientific community.

As a part of a BCFB laboratory team, the chosen participant may have the following opportunities:

  • Purification and structural and functional characterization of microbial and human host proteins;
  • Synthesis of and structural characterization of peptides and oligonucleotides (e.g., peptide antigens, labeled peptides, and peptide nucleic acids, PNAs);
  • Assist with performing or developing and validating molecular assays (BioTyperR MALDI-TOF MS, Luminex, qPCR);
  • Data evaluation and preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication.

The Research Participation Program for CDC 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 CDC 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 CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry received within the last five years.
  • Active knowledge of biopolymer chemistry is expected.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the techniques: modern solid-phase biopolymer (peptides, DNA/RNA) synthesis; all types/scales of liquid chromatography, 2-D electrophoresis, LC-MS and MALDI-TOP MS; UV/CD/fluorescence spectroscopy; and general bench chemistries, including basic organic synthesis.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of CDCrpp@orau.org. Please reference CDC-NCEZID-2014-0039 in all communications.