The Leon Research Group in the Emory Rollins School of Public Health is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral fellow position. The position will be located in Atlanta Georgia with the potential for national and international travel. This is a full-time position lasting 2 years with extensions possible depending on fellowship or grant funding.
The fellow will work to evaluate the potential for infectious norovirus contamination on fresh produce in the harvest and post-harvest environment and evaluate the impact of U.S. food safety practices. Specifically, the fellow will:
1) Develop a method for the detection of infectious norovirus in agricultural samples and use this method to quantify the magnitude and relationships between norovirus contamination on at risk produce and matched environmental (hand rinsates/agricultural water) samples from farms in Northern Mexico.
2) Assess whether infectious norovirus contamination can be modeled by common bacterial (Enterococcus, E. coli, coliforms, Bacteroidales) and viral (coliphages) indicators on at risk produce and environmental samples
3) Collaboratively with PhD student, conduct field research study to evaluate the prevalence of human norovirus infection in farmworkers and association with hand contamination on farms in South Georgia and Northern Mexico
4) Develop an integrated Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) and Infectious Disease Transmission (IDT) model that simulates the impact of norovirus contamination of produce and strategies for their control
This project is key in the area of food safety, especially in produce safety, because the methodology and findings from this project will serve to drive future research methodology, risk hazard models, and USDA and FDA policy in the US.
Secondary projects available for the candidate include: 1) a new prospective cohort study in Colombia to investigate rotavirus and norovirus immunology and nutrition in mother-infant pairs. 2) a collaborative project with Dr. Karen Levy (Environmental Health) on the impact of the infant microbiome on vaccine responses in Ecuador. 3) New potential COVID work based on new submitted grants.
Work will involve 30% project management (overseeing a team of 1-3 MPH students and helping to mentor 1-2 PhD students, grant budget management, and submission of EHSO laboratory and IRB approvals) and 70% work on individual and team research projects.
Please see website for a description of our team and other projects: http://www.sph.emory.edu/departments/centers/leonlab/index.html
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