Research Project Description
Microbiology Postdoctoral Research
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
A microbiology postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA. The selected applicant will conduct research on pathogens that contribute to the Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC) in general, and more specifically explore virulence, diagnostics, and vaccine development of Haemophilus parasuis in swine using bioinformatics, laboratory techniques, and animal studies.
To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in an area related to infectious diseases within five years of the desired starting date. Relevant fields include microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and infectious diseases.
The ideal candidate will:
- Have strong molecular biology skills, including PCR amplification, cloning, sequencing, mutagenesis, and bioinformatics.
- Have knowledge of standard microbiological techniques.
- Have experience with animal models of infectious diseases.
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.
This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents and foreign nationals.
This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.
The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The year one annual stipend rate for this position is $72,564 and may increase over the subsequent three years. A stipend supplement is included in this rate to cover the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. The rate includes a travel allowance of $3,000 per year to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. Funding is not available for relocation expenses. The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.
For additional information about the ARS Postdoctoral Research Program, please visit http://www.orise.orau.gov/usda-ars.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/usda-ars/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project #ARS-VPRU-2013-0012 in your application and when calling or writing for information.