Postdoctoral Fellow – Soil Epidemiology – We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a 5-year NIH funded research study focused on optimizing soil surveillance methods for monitoring soil-transmitted helminth infections in endemic communities. This study will leverage a multi-country cluster-randomized controlled trial delivering three-years of biannual community-wide mass drug administration in Benin and India (DeWorm3). The project is a collaboration with Christian Medical College (India), University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), and the University of Washington. The goal is to develop and validate scalable methods for using environmental sampling to profile STH human infection prevalence at the community level to inform public health control programs. We are looking for candidates with wet lab experience (DNA extraction, real-time PCR), data analysis (biostatistics, comfortable with R), and strong interest in developing innovative tools for environmental surveillance for infectious disease. The position will be based at UC Berkeley. To apply please email Dr. Pickering a single PDF containing your CV, three references (names and email addresses), and a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position. Please put in the email subject “soil epidemiology postdoc”.
Postdoctoral Fellows – We are seeking postdoctoral fellows interested in leveraging recent advances in long-read metagenomics and selective sequencing to track transmission of enteric pathogens and antibiotic resistance across the human-environment interface. Experience with Nanopore, Illumina, CRISPR/Cas9, and bioinformatics is desired. If you are interested, please email Dr. Pickering a single PDF containing your CV, three references (names and email addresses), and a cover letter stating why you are interested in a postdoc with the lab.
PhD Students – We are actively looking for new graduate students to join the lab! Prospective students can apply to the Environmental Engineering PhD program in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering.
MS Students – Dr. Pickering advises MS students in Environmental Engineering and in Development Engineering.
Racial justice and support for marginalized communities cannot be separated from the practice of science. We must actively work to recognize the obstacles that scientists (and potential scientists) from marginalized communities face, and dismantle structures of power that prevent them from succeeding. We must also consider the effects of our research and research choices on marginalized communities. Credit: Sammy Katta.