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JOB SUMMARY: \u00a0 Plan, organize and conduct projects to build fundamental knowledge in the area of microbial ecology to develop nutritional innovations to support pet health and wellness. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: \u00a0 1.\u00a0Study the mutually beneficial relationships between microbes and pets. 2.\u00a0Understand how changes in microbial composition and function influence companion animal health. 3.\u00a0Understand mechanisms that govern assembly of the animal\u2019s microbiota into a community. 4.\u00a0Assist with nutrition to influence microbial communities to improve pet health. 5.\u00a0Apply and integrate a variety of experimental, computational and statistical methods to study pet microbiome populations 6.\u00a0Assist in pre- and probiotics designed to enhance health. 7.\u00a0Integrate metabolomics, transcriptomics and other clinical information with microbiome data to develop and test nutrition-research hypotheses. 8.\u00a0Lead projects and ensure efficient utilization of resources and budget. 9.\u00a0Provide \u201ctechnical\u201d training as required to operating company personnel. 10.\u00a0Effectively communicate results through oral presentations and timely, written technical documentation and reports 11.\u00a0Maintain accurate records\/log of analytical requests and data. 12.\u00a0Travel as necessary. 13.\u00a0Practice safety in the work area.\u00a0 ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 14.\u00a0Assist project leaders in interpretation of microbiome data: associations between microbes and metabolic parameters, strategy to predictably modify microbial populations with metrics that demonstrate effects on health parameters. 15.\u00a0Stay current on progress in methodology in the field: analysis tools, microbial identification and classification, metagenomics, next gen sequencing. 16.\u00a0Research experience in molecular biology and microbial community analysis, including bacterial cultures and classification, quantitative PCR, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis, next generation sequencing and metagenomics. SUPERVISION GIVEN AND RECEIVED: \u2022\u00a0Will be given mentoring and guidance as required for assigned projects JOB QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, and Knowledge): \u2022\u00a0PhD in microbiology, microbial ecology or related field. \u2022 3 years postdoctoral or professional experience \u2022\u00a0Good communication\/interpersonal skills \u2022\u00a0Computer literacy \u2022\u00a0Must be able to manage multiple assignments\/priorities \u2022\u00a0Good organizational skills \u2022\u00a0Pro-Active\/Self-Starter SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE\/SKILLS PREFERED BUT NOT REQUIRED: \u00a0 \u2022\u00a0Contribute to the data flow from sequence data to biological interpretation preferably with knowledge and experience in statistical and bioinformatics software (QIIME, MOTHUR, USEARCH, LEfSe, STAMP). Job:\u00a0 Scientist (Microbial Ecologist) \u2013 Research Nutrition Primary Location: \u00a0Saint Louis, MO US Other Location: Career Area: \u00a0Professional

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