Research Technologist 3 – SARS-CoV-2 sampling: Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State University
University Park and south-central Pennsylvania
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Full time Positions
$40,000/year plus benefits
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We seek a Research Technologist 3 to sample white-tailed deer during capture efforts in Jan–April, 2023–2025. This position will support research efforts in Disease Management Area (DMA) 2 in south-central Pennsylvania in an initial effort to sample wild white-tailed deer for SARS-CoV-2 in blood and saliva. This project is also part of an effort in ongoing research to capture and GPS collar white-tailed deer for subsequent sampling for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The primary objective of this position will be to assist capture efforts, collect biological samples for disease determination of SARS-CoV-2 and CWD, and processing samples to send to diagnostic laboratories. The position will also be responsible for managing large GPS datasets, conducting population estimates using distance sampling with infrared technology, data analysis, and manuscript preparation, if interested. The project will be funded by the USDA-APHIS-WS and in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary group that includes ecologists, geneticists, veterinarians, and state agency researchers. This full-time position is located at the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. The selected candidate must agree to follow all Covid-19 safety guidelines and protocols established by the university. This is a two-year appointment, with an additional year possible pending performance and funding availability. Start date is flexible but preferred start date is mid-January 2023.
Competitive candidates should be highly motivated and possess a BS, MS, or DVM in wildlife biology or veterinary medicine and have experience with capture and disease sampling of large mammals. Specific experience with sampling large mammals for collection of blood, tissue, and . The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment is essential. Submission to or publishing in peer-reviewed journals is required and mandatory prior to any Please provide: (1) a cover letter detailing your experiences for the qualifications above, (2) CV, and (3) names and contact information of three professional references. Please submit these materials to Dr. W. David Walter via email ( as a single pdf. Qualified applicants will need to also submit application materials to Penn State’s employment website at when official posting is available (mid-December 2022):
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