Research Assistant (Veterinary Public Health)

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Posted
Ref: RP749-825

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
We are seeking a Research Assistant with proven experience in culture-based and molecular-based techniques applied to the testing of food and veterinary samples (e.g. environmental, animal, and food samples). The candidate will join our new team at the Department of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Public Health and Meat Hygiene group"). The position could be available for up to two years. This position is open for applicants who are currently based in the United Arab Emirates (based in or re-locating to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi).

The incumbent Research Assistant will contribute significantly to our dynamic research that focuses on the screening and characterization of foodborne zoonoses. We are seeking a team-mate with good interpersonal skills and research experience in both cultures- and molecular-based microbiological research. Proven experience in DNA extraction and knowledge of good PCR bench work practices are crucial. Experience in sequence-based techniques (e.g. illumine platforms) is an advantage. Opportunities exist to work together with other researchers; this Research Assistant will be working on a collaborative research project in partnership with the National University of Singapore and the UAEU College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Requirements

Minimum Qualification
The Research Assistant is required to have postgraduate training ("at least" MSc degree) in a relevant field (veterinary/medical microbiology, biotechnology, and molecular biology). Applicants should have a proven experience in molecular analyses using PCR, and if possible some experience with whole-genome sequencing library preparation.

Preferred Qualification
MSc/Ph.D. within a related research topic + work experience in a molecular laboratory setting. Please note that this position is open for applicants who are currently based in the United Arab Emirates.

Expected Skills/Rank/Experience
Essential skills include attention to detail, accurate record-keeping, flexible attitude to work, proactive, and willingness to learn new skills. We are looking for an independent researcher who can add value to our team.

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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