Research Project Description
Microbiology Appointment - Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Orient Point, NY
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in collaboration with the National Pork Board, is seeking an individual with either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in microbiology (or a related field) to conduct research focused on the inactivation of foreign animal disease viruses using chemical disinfectants. The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and is offered through the PIADC Research Participation Program. The position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity of renewal for up to 4 years.
PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States. Research is performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.
The candidate should have prior experience maintaining mammalian cell cultures. Applicants with experience in virology techniques, Good Laboratory Practices (EPA GLP) and/or clinical diagnostics will be highly considered. Any applicant selected to participate in the program will be subject to government security background checks for select agent clearance.
For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc. For additional information about the position, please contact PIADC@orau.org or Dr. Peter Krug at Peter.Krug@ARS.USDA.GOV or 631.477.4458.
How to Apply:
Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc