Professor Joel A. Pedersen (Environmental Health and Engineering) at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position focused on chronic wasting disease (CWD), a prion disease of deer and elk. For this project, Dr. Pedersen’s group are testing the efficacy of two promising decontamination agents in inactivating CWD prions on materials that may encounter infected animals or tissues in commercial or laboratory settings. Both decontamination agents have been previously shown to rapidly inactivate prions in solution. The logical step in this research would be to investigate the extent to which CWD prion inactivation by these chemical agents can be accelerated via “activation” by UV light to produce highly reactive radical species. An area which remains unexplored in the present work and would represent a logical next step is the use of activating agents to enhance the performance of decontaminant solutions. We are taking the approach that inactivation by chemical agents can be accelerated via “activation” to produce highly reactive radical species. This research will be conducted as part of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and has a duration of two years. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, prion detection (RT-QuIC), chemistry, or a related field. The post-doc will work with Professor Joel A. Pedersen.
Applicants should submit an electronic version of their curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references to Professor Joel A. Pedersen (email@example.com). The anticipation is that the position will last for two years (renewable annually). Review of applications will begin immediately with a goal of filling the position sometime in the spring of 2022. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community (AA, EOE, M/F/D/V).