The USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center at Patuxent Research Refuge is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral research positions in avian toxicology. This position is at the GS-11 level (~$73,000/year), initially for 12 months with a possibility of renewal for up to 4 years pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The appointment can start as soon as March 2022.
Research in our group is focused on the effects of diverse anthropogenic and natural environmental stressors (e.g., pesticides, pharmaceuticals, PFAS, algal toxins) on wildlife health (including microbiome, immune and endocrine systems), and wildlife and zoonotic pathogen emergence.
The avian toxicology position will be involved in projects examining reproductive-, endocrine-, immune-, and metabolism-related effects of emerging contaminants in wild birds. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in toxicology, wildlife biology, immunotoxicology or the equivalent. Experience in conducting avian or other wildlife toxicity studies and the development, application and analysis of molecular and other biomarkers in birds or other wildlife, is preferred.
• Excellent verbal and written skills in English are essential.
• A proven track record in scientific publication.
• The ideal candidates will also have experience in scientific grant and report writing.
• Candidates must be able to perform desired analyses independently, analyze data with common statistical packages, write publishable manuscripts, and communicate and work effectively with multiple PIs.
The position is only open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.