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Project Coordinator: Potential Environmental Sources of Prion

Mississippi State University
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Prions have been reported in saliva and urine and naïve deer can become infected via environmental exposure, but prion presence in secretory glands and associated behavioral signposts are not known. Signpost sampling could identify CWD presence early in an outbreak, which could inform management actions in a timely manner. Developing and validating RT‐QuIC testing capabilities for sampling signposts and deer secretory glands at the MS Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will expand existing testing capabilities for environmental monitoring. Application of these capabilities will allow us to identify additional environmental sources of prions and advance our understanding CWD spread.

The Project Coordinator will oversee setup, collection, and analysis of data in cooperation with CVM Vet Diagnostic Lab. He/she will also oversee collection and analysis of camera-trap data for the behavioral network analysis. Salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background and experience, especially as related to environmental monitoring for CWD. This is expected to be a 2-year position, with potential extension pending availability of funds.


Minimum Qualifications: M.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management, or related field. The highly motivated candidate must be able to work independently and have analytical skills for the laboratory and/or in statistical modeling of camera trap data. Excellent writing skills and a valid state driver's license are required.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD or with experience working on Chronic Wasting Disease, especially as related to the RT-QuIC method of diagnosis.


Field sampling begins October 1, 2021, with position start date negotiable.

Application deadline is pending the finalized funding paperwork.

$35,568 – $59,100

Health insurance is paid and retirement benefit payments are shared between MSU and employee.

How to Apply:

Applications must be completed online at… (job number 502833). Please contact Steve Demarais at with questions and to submit an unofficial statement of interest, resume, and list of references.