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Research Project Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Biology and/or Infectious Disease
Agriculture Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Athens, GA


Project Description:

A Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity is available with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Southeastern Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Georgia.  The selected applicant will conduct research in the development of Nexgen based sequencing approaches to diagnostics and development of bioinformatics tools to study evolution of highly significant viral diseases of poultry.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in Biology or Infectious Diseases within five years of the desired starting date.  Relevant fields include Bioinformatics, Virology, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Immunology, Cellular and Molecular Biology.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have specific experience in virology including virus culture and aseptic technique.
  • have strong molecular biology skills, including PCR amplification, cloning, sequencing, site directed mutagenesis.
  • have excellent experience in Bioinformatics.
  • have some experience, or familiarity, in pre-processing high throughput sequence data, using genome assembly tools to a reference (such as bwa and bowtie for example and de novo such as velvet).
  • have some experience working with animals, especially birds.

Preferred skills include:

  • Work with Avian Influenza or Newcastle Disease
  • Some familiarity in scripting using PERL, PHYTON or SHELL.
  • Some familiarity with LINUX
  • Some experience using R for Data analysis
  • BSL-3 laboratory experience is preferred as this position may require work in a biocontainment laboratory.

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 (LPR) 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.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $47,448. A stipend supplement in the amount of $3,000 is provided to offset the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance may be obtained through ORISE. Relocation expenses up to $500 will be reimbursed, with prior approval.  A travel allowance in the amount of $1,500 is available to reimburse travel related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

For additional information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-SEPRL-2014-0035 in your application and when calling or writing for information.