Research Scientist -- Postdoctoral
This position is for a project that combines technology development and
basic science in developing a diffusion gradient system for studying
prokaryotic growth and behavior. The technology aspect involves
collaborating with a small business in the utilization and evaluation of
the diffusion gradient system for the culture and study of microbes in
diffusion controlled environments. This will include prototype testing,
and continued development of a digital imaging and analysis system. The
science, which will incorporate the technology, involves using the system
to study complex microbial interactions. This may involve studies of the
role of chemotaxis in microbial competition; the effect of different
physico-chemical regimens on microbial community and population
structure; or understanding synergistic effects of different chemical
gradients on microbial growth and behavior. These projects may involve
pure and/or mixed populations of microorganisms. The specific problem may,
in part, depend on the interests of the individual. Persons with
interests in microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, microbial
physiology, or relevant engineering backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The person hired for this position will be part of the new affiliation
between the Amercian Type Culture Collection and George Mason University.
He or she will be an employee of the ATCC, and will be housed at the
Biology Department of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The ATCC
provides a tremendous biological resource for designing experiments, and
the person will be expected to interact as much as possible with
scientists at the ATCC; the Biology Dept at GMU is well equipped for doing
modern molecular biology and analytical chemistry. This position is for
one year with the possibility for follow-on funding. A competitive salary
and benefits package are offered. A Ph.D at the time of employment is
required. Please submit a curriculum vitae with a one page cover letter,
and the names and addresses of three references by post to Human
Resources, American Type Culture Collection, 12301 Parklawn Dr, Rockville,
MD 20852, Fax#(301) 998 8771; or by electronic mail to the address of Dr.
David Emerson: demerson at gmu.edu.