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Research Project Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Exotic and Emerging Avian Unit
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Athens, GA


Project Description:

A Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity is available with the Exotic and Emerging Avian Unit at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, Georgia.  The mission of the laboratory is to develop new knowledge and technology for preventing or reducing losses associated with diseases in commercial poultry.

The CRIS project has several different goals including the understanding of the pathogenesis of Newcastle disease infections, the role of the host immune response, development of new or improved vaccines, and the development of improved diagnostic tests.  The selected applicant’s primary role will be in quality assurance of diagnostic tests and pathobiology of avian influenza, but s/he will also contribute to the other research goals of the project. The research areas described are a component of ARS National Program 103, Animal Health.  Additional information about the SEPRL and its research may be found at:


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, poultry science, virology, genetics or a related field.  Knowledge of current methods used in molecular virology, including techniques used in molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry are highly desirable. Knowledge of immunological techniques and prior experience with animal experiments are also highly desirable.

The ideal candidate will have experience with:

  • animal handling experience, specifically poultry/avian handling
  • real-time PCR
  • Hemagglutination inhibition assay
  • Serology
  • Aseptic technique

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 $47,923. 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-2014-0033 in your application and when calling or writing for information.