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Research Opportunity Description

Avian Immunology Postdoctoral Appointment
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Athens, GA


Project Description:

An Avian Immunology 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 research on avian immunology as it relates to infection and protection against avian influenza virus.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in an area related to immunology or infectious diseases within five years of the desired starting date.  Relevant fields include immunology, virology, infectious diseases, and molecular biology. 

The ideal candidate will have experience with animal models of infectious diseases and specific experience with poultry, virology, and influenza research.

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, required previous experience includes:

  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunofluorescence staining
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Molecular cloning
  • Cell culture
  • Standard microbiological techniques
  • Animal handling skills

BSL-3 laboratory experience is desirable as this position requires work in a biocontainment laboratory.  Candidates must have the ability to read and write English.

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 and Lawful Permanent Residents.

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 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 may be available to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become an employee of ARS or ORISE.

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

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-SEPRL-2013-0010 in your application and when calling or writing for information.