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*NOTE TO APPLICANTS: This is a 1-year regular, full-time role.
PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.
PATH, a leading global health organization, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join our Diagnostics program. The position engages a post-doctoral level scientist in an innovative, hands-on assignment that serves society by accelerating high-impact, low-cost solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health needs. Based in PATH’s Seattle, Washington, office, this postdoc will be provided with meaningful research experience and exposed to career opportunities in global health.
Accurate surveillance is a critical tool for the early identification of trends within communities that can significantly influence public health. The targets are diverse and include deficiency of micronutrients within critical groups (e.g. young children or pregnant women), the ‘silent’ circulation of vaccine preventable diseases (e.g. poliovirus), seroconversion rates and population coverage for vaccine preventable diseases (measles) or previous exposure to existing/emerging pathogens of pandemic concern (HIV or hemorrhagic fevers). In resource limited settings where clinical care is inadequate or absent, the eventual diagnosis and identification of infection or poor health is often too late to help the patient and broader community-focused interventions are expensive and challenging to implement after cases present at magnitude. Several programmatic teams at PATH are working across these areas with a goal to rethinking population and environmental surveillance to include multiple targets of interest measured from a single method or sample that inform multiple stakeholders across nutrition, maternal child health, vaccination programs and global health security.
Position goals and learning objectives:
The postdoc will contribute towards the development of a strategy to enhance the surveillance of nutrition and disease in low resource settings. The position will be based in the Diagnostics program and report to the Scientific Director.
- Conduct original research into environmental surveillance and population surveillance.
- Perform laboratory experiments as needed and appropriate.
- Work with companies for the commercial development from prototype assay designs.
- Closely collaborate within PATH divisions with an interest in surveillance including Technology, Analytics, and Market Innovation; Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition; and the Center for Vaccine Innovation, Access; and Global Health Security.
- Present findings at least one scientific conference per year.
- Contribute to at least two peer-reviewed publications reporting findings during the course of the position.