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Opportunity at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Molecular methods for fecal source identification


National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Water Supply and Water Resources Div

RO# Location
22.03.03.B7363 Cincinnati, OH 45268


Name E-mail Phone
Shanks, Orin C. shanks.orin@epa.gov 513.569.7314


The development and application of molecular methods for identifying the sources of fecal pollution in impaired recreational waters is a priority for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. An Associate would have the opportunity to choose from the following research areas: (1) identification of novel host-associated genetic markers; (2) fate and transport of pathogens, host-associated genetic markers, and general fecal indicators; (3) evaluation of host-associated fecal source identification technologies; and (4) development of strategies that utilize multiple indicators simultaneously to increase confidence in fecal source identification. The Associate should have expertise with molecular biology techniques such as DNA isolation, hybridizations, restriction analyses, PCR, real-time quantitative PCR, cloning, and sequencing. Familiarity with molecular analysis software, database management, biostatistics, and graphics software is required.


DNA, PCR; Real-time quantitative PCR; Fecal source identification; Water quality; Molecular biology;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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