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Research Project Description

Virology Postdoctoral Appointment - Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Orient Point, NY


Project Description:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated postdoctoral scientist (DVM and/or PhD) interested in developing novel strategies to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and is offered through the PIADC Research Participation Program. The position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity for renewal.

PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States.

At PIADC, the scientist will design and perform basic and applied research to select, develop, quantify the effectiveness of, and otherwise evaluate various strains of microorganisms for their potential use as vaccines or vaccine vectors in susceptible or model animals, including cattle, swine and mice. In parallel, the scientist will investigate the response of FMD virus to biotherapeutics and/or antivirals in vitro and/or in vivo. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.


Candidates should be knowledgeable in infectious diseases including theory and techniques of molecular virology, diagnostics, viral pathogenesis, viral immunology, recombinant DNA technology, RNA interference, cell biology and tissue culture.

Additional Information:

For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see

How to Apply:

Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: