*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Center for Agricultural Utilization and Research (NCAUR), Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit (MPM) located in Peoria, Illinois.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
Research Project: The participant will conduct research to understand the molecular mechanisms involved during Fusarium and plant (wheat and barley) interactions and identify novel methods to reduce Fusarium head blight and mycotoxin contamination. The project objectives include: 1) Identify and functionally characterize virulence genes that are essential for Fusarium graminearum initial infection; 2) Build and evaluate the potential use of a microbial endophyte as a RNAi delivery system to control FHB and mycotoxin contamination of grain. MPM scientists conduct research in genetics, microbiology, chemistry and plant pathology to produce information and technologies to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.
Learning Objectives: The participant will have opportunities to collaborate with a diverse group of scientists. During the appointment, there will be occasional travel to professional meetings.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Guixia Hao (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 2022 or as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. An annual stipend of $64,500 and a health insurance supplement will be provided.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website (https://orise.orau.gov/usda-ars/default.html). After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity (USDA-ARS--2022-0115).
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in plant pathology, microbiology, molecular biology or related field.
•Demonstrated proficiency in bench work and cutting-edge techniques such as RNAi and CRISPR
•Excellent interpersonal communication skills
•Ability to communicate effectively in English
•Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Apply at: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-ARS-2022-0115