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Postdoctoral Bioinformatics Research in Prokaryotic Genetics

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) aims to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and US Army requirements and delivers life saving products including knowledge, technology and medical material that sustain the combat effectiveness of the Warfighter. For more information about WRAIR:

The fellow's project will be to learn techniques required for the analysis of the genomes of multidrug resistant bacterial species, to include Enterococcus spp. Staphylocuccus spp., Klebsiella spp., Acinetobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Enterobacter spp., and Escherichia coli. Multidrug resistant organisms in deployed environments can compromise military service members' medical readiness. The research project designed for the fellow selected will be centered around strategic implementation of several bioinformatics tools to ascertain the global dissemination of these antibiotic resistant bacteria. Global surveillance of these organisms has been implemented across the entire military healthcare system in the US and abroad. With sufficient learning and advancement, the fellow will be challenged to develop new and innovative methods for analyzing bacterial DNA.

The ORISE fellow will establish a fundamental understanding of translational, military-relevant scientific research. The fellow will be highly encouraged to begin expanding their network of scientific colleagues and seek collaborations within the Department of Defense, academia, and commercial companies. The fellow will gain leadership experience through team interactions with contractors, Department of US Army civilians, and military personnel. The fellow will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to this emerging field while working in one of the most comprehensive sequencing laboratories in the USA.

Appointment Length
This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods.

Participant Benefits
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by WRAIR. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

WRAIR is seeking candidates that have completed a Ph.D. in bioinformatics or a related discipline within the past five years. A concentration in prokaryotic genetics is preferred.

U.S. citizenship is required