Research Opportunity Description
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, GA. The selected applicant will participate in the quality control/quality assurance testing for animal influenza surveillance labs in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) network. This will include all aspects from selection and development of test material through compilation, analysis, and reporting of results. The selected applicant will also have the opportunity to be involved in other ongoing research projects with avian influenza virus.
To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline within five years of the desired starting date. Relevant fields include microbiology, biology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, and similar fields. Applicants with experience in public health or diagnostic laboratories or who have worked in a GMP (good management practices) compliant laboratory or an ISO (International Standards Organization) classified laboratory are encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will have experience with:
- real-time PCR
- virus culture
- diagnostic test design and development
- laboratory information management and data handling
- aseptic technique
- excellent documentation and record keeping skills
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 annual stipend rate for this position is $47,448. A stipend supplement in the amount of $3,000 is also provided 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. Relocation expenses in the amount of $500 will be reimbursed, with prior approval. Funding is not 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 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-SPRL-2013-0006 in your application and when calling or writing for information.