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Research Project Description

Veterinary Medical Officer
Agriculture Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ames, IA


Project Description:

A Veterinary Medical Officer/Microbiologist research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA. The selected applicant's primary responsibility will be conducting research on swine enteric coronaviruses (e.g., porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and swine deltacoronavirus) which will include development and adaptation of animal models and laboratory assays for use in studying the pathogenesis, ecology, vaccinology, and protective immune response of these viruses in swine. Activities will include the experimental inoculation of swine with coronaviruses, collection of ante- and postmortem samples, analysis of macro- and microscopic lesions, testing samples for viruses, culture and propagation of viruses, and the use of molecular techniques to characterize coronaviruses.


To be eligible, applicants must have received an advanced degree (DVM/PhD or equivalent degree) within five years of the desired starting date. Specialty degrees in related fields are desirable.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of veterinary medicine and surgery with an emphasis on pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
  • Experience with molecular virology.
  • Experience with in vitro assays, e.g., culture of pathogens, ELISA, PCR, etc.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $59,000-$69,000 depending on experience.  An additional stipend supplement is available to offset the cost of an individual health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. A travel allowance in the amount of $3,000 is available to reimburse travel related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

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How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-VPRU-2014-0043-01 in your application and when calling or writing for information.