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Postdoc position on a new assay for SARS-Cov-2 in LIMMS/IIS

2020年07月27日 公募

LIMMS-CNRS/Institute of Industrial Science, Komaba campus University of Tokyo

Outline:
We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher to work on a new assay for SARS-Cov2. The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of molecular diagnostics in understanding, predicting and controlling the progression of the virus. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the gold standard for detecting the presence of viral RNA in a sample.
However, although extremely sensitive, PCR suffers from several shortcomings which make it difficult to deploy on a large scale. In this project, we propose to develop a radically new way of detecting nucleic acid without enzymes.
Inspired by immuno-assays (which do not have the luxury of chemical replicating their targets), we propose to detect viral RNA by inducing the aggregation of micrometrics fluorescent beads. Using principles from DNA nanotechnology ‘to direct the folding of the viral RNA around the beads) as well as quantitative image processing, we aim to produce a quick but robust assay to prescreen patients potentially infected with Covid-19.

Position:Postdoctoral researcher
Number of Positions:1

Affiliation:CNRS/Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo

Work Location: Institute of Industrial Science, Komaba Research Campus,
(4-6-1, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan)

Specialized Field: Molecular biology

Responsibilities:Carry out research and develop a new molecular assay for detecting viral RNA.

Qualifications:
Essential
-A doctoral degree in a related field
-Excellent research achievements in the related field/s
Desirable
-Experience working with molecular assays

Starting Date:September, 2020 (negotiable)
Term of Employment: Fixed Term (12-24 months)

Application Deadline:
August 31, 2020 (Japan Standard Time) or until the position is filled

Contact Person:
Dr Anthony Genot
email:genot(at)iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp
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