Two research assistants to capacity building for external quality assurance of bacterial antimicrobial susceptibility testing in Asia

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is among the biggest challenges for human and animal health due to the silent pandemic of AMR. Thus, the Global Capacity Building Research Group provides, as part of the responsibilities as EU, WHO and FAO reference laboratory for AMR, services and implementing research to National Reference Laboratories (NRLs), international and supranational institutions and agencies. These includes among others building global capacity for phenotypic- and genomic-based surveillance of AMR including the provision of external quality assurance (EQA) schemes and laboratory training.

We are in search of candidates for two vacant positions as scientific assistants in microbiology with in-depth knowledge within the fields of AMR surveillance, quality management systems (QMS) (ISO 17025/ ISO 15189) including EQA for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) (ISO 17043), phenotypic AST, applied short and long read whole genome sequencing (WGS), and teaching and mentoring.

The positions will be affiliated to the Fleming Fund Regional Grant project ‘EQASIA’, which aims at improving the quality of bacteriology diagnostics for AMR in Asia and Southeast Asia. In specific, to address the regional challenges of achieving high quality assured bacteriology identification and AST by e.g. providing and strengthening EQA services to NRLs and Centres of Excellence in the region.

Responsibilities and tasks:
The primary areas of responsibility are:

  • Provision and propagation of reference material of WHO GLASS organisms and FAO priority pathogens.
  • Support and assist in organizing phenotypic AST EQAs including analysis and reporting of results.
  • Provide teaching in AMR surveillance, phenotypic AST and QMS (ISO 17025/ ISO 15189, ISO 17043) including
    • development of training material
    • contribute to and update the DTU Coursera e-learning modules for AMR
  • Provide reference services for the NRLs by MIC determination and WGS
  • Assist in laboratory assessments, e.g. FAO ATLASS
  • Other relevant tasks in connection to the grant

The following areas of responsibility will also be relevant for the more experienced candidate:

  • Assist in cost analysis of establishing EQA systems and AMR surveillance systems in the region
  • Conduct mapping of potential donors for the program, as well as development of business plans and sustainability of the program
  • Assist in accreditation of the EQASIA EQAs

There will be limited traveling since most activities will be virtual.

The ideal candidate:

  • Holds a MSc or PhD degree within applied molecular microbiology or similar. For one of the positions, the applicant is expected to have a minimum of 10 years of experience within the area.
  • Has in-depth knowledge within the fields of AMR in specific to WHO GLASS organisms and FAO priority pathogens e.g. ESBL and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) and relevant AMR mechanisms within animal and human health
  • Has experience with
    • conducting EQAs, international laboratory capacity building and quality control (ISO17043, ISO17025, ISO15189).
    • phenotypic AST and bacteriology
    • applied short and long read WGS
    • teaching and training within the microbiology and WGS area 
  • Is able to work independently and able to plan and carry out complex tasks, while having the ability to engage constructively in a large, international and cross-disciplinary research group.
  • Has good English communication skills, oral and written.

The ideal candidate for the position with a minimum of 10 years of experience within applied molecular microbiology must also:

  • Have experience writing grant applications and raise funding
  • Have advanced management skills and is able to use these in an international setting
  • Have a track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is temporary till February 2022.

The candidates are expected to start 1st December 2020 or as soon as possible.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Rene Hendriksen 22 45 07 63 /

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 November 2020 (Danish time).

The files must be submitted as PDF files. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English.  

The application must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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