Diagnostic Biosensors Development Expert

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a Master’s degree in Bio-Systems engineering, Biology, or related field with at least two years of recent research and work experience involving biosensors and at least three years of experience working in an academic or research institution is needed to work with the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) and their department of Veterinary Preclinical Studies. UPLB is a premiere academic and research university with agriculture and veterinary medicine among its focus areas. The university has current endeavors in various animal research, including infectious diseases affecting animals and humans. UPLB advocates the One Health concept, engaging in various interdisciplinary research among its constituent units. Currently, the university hosts a program dealing with the application of biosensors for diagnosis of animal and human diseases. However, an expert in the area of biosensors is needed.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to work with the university staff and other primary stakeholders to assist with conducting workshops and trainings about biosensors for diagnostics. The PCRV will provide meetings and consultations with the faculty and researchers, participate in the institution of a graduate-level course on biosensors, and initiate connections and linkages between UPLB and US Institutions that work with biosensors. The long term plan of the university is to become a globally competitive graduate and research university contributing to national development.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
● Master’s degree in bio-systems engineering or biology or medical and allied health sciences or veterinary medicine
● At least two (2) years of recent research and work experience involving biosensors for diagnostics
● At least three (3) years of experience working in an academic institution, research institution, or industry
● Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural setting
● Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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