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Research Opportunity Description

Virology Postdoctoral Appointment
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Athens, GA


Project Description:

A virology postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) in Athens, GA.   The selected applicant will conduct research on avian influenza viruses looking to understand the impact of virus genetics on virulence in poultry and co-analysis of phylogenetic and epidemiologic information to understand the movement of the virus between farms and regions.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in an area related to infectious diseases within five years of the desired starting date.  Relevant fields include virology, infectious diseases, pathology and molecular biology.  A doctor in veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) in addition to the previously mentioned degree is preferred but not required. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have strong molecular biology skills, including PCR amplification, cloning, sequencing, site directed mutagenesis and bioinformatics
  • Have training and experience in epidemiology
  • Have specific experience in virology and influenza including virus culture and aseptic technique
  • Have BSL-3 laboratory experience as this position requires work in a biocontainment laboratory
  • Have experience in phylogeography and molecular clock techniques

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and foreign nationals.

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.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding.  The annual stipend rate for this position is $47,448.  A stipend supplement in the amount of $3,000 is also provided to cover the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan.  The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.  Relocation expenses in the amount of $500 will be reimbursed, with prior approval.   Funding in the amount of $1,500 is available to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant does not become an employee of ARS or ORISE.

For additional information about the ARS Postdoctoral Research Program, please visit

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-SEPRL-2013-0013 in your application and when calling or writing for information.