USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virology: Georgia

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Athens, Georgia
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center located in Athens, GA. The 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. The mission of the United States National Poultry Research Center is to provide leadership in solving current and future problems in the management of viral diseases of poultry using basic and applied multidisciplinary team approaches, thereby benefiting the poultry industry and consumers. Research Project: The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team within the US National Poultry Research Center in Athens, GA, as well as our sister unit., the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, and will have the opportunity to present research findings within the center and at professional meetings. This project aims to develop novel, more efficacious vaccines against diseases caused by the avian alphaherpesviruses Marek’s disease and infectious laryngotracheitis. The selected applicant will contribute research to our effort to 1) develop a reverse genetics system for ILTV using a synthetic biology approach; 2) vector the major antigens of ILTV and MDV to generate multivalent vaccines; 3) develop nanoparticles encapsulating mRNA technologies for veterinary vaccine purposes; and 4) characterize the recombinant vaccines and conduct pathogenicity studies. Learning Objectives: This environment offers opportunities to learn the techniques necessary to manipulate Marek's disease virus in vitro and produce infections in vivo, to produce recombinant viruses and viral vectors, and to interact with scientists and technicians within the group to develop new projects. Mentor(s): If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact Stephen Spatz ( Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors. Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for two years, 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(s) will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. 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. However, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. 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. Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within the past five years. Familiarity with one or more of the following areas is preferred: molecular biology, bioinformatics and computational biology, in vitro culture of cell lines, virology, and animal science.
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