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Research Opportunity Description

Research Geneticist/Molecular Biologist Postdoctoral Associate
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Geneva, NY


Project Description:

A Research Geneticist/Molecular Biologist Postdoctoral Associate opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU) in Geneva, NY. The selected applicant will conduct research to contribute to the development and utilization of novel or improved methods and genetic systems for grapevine breeding and genetic studies including, but not limited to, marker-assisted selection, germplasm for rapid trait evaluation, and transgenic solutions for introducing novel variation. Specifically, the selected applicant will help develop a rapid-cycle grapevine genetic system and use of the system for evaluating genes and traits of superior fruit quality and resistance to root-knot nematodes, powdery mildew, and/or abiotic stress.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree in genetics and breeding, molecular biology, or a related biological science within five years of the desired starting date.  Knowledge of methods, procedures, and techniques applied in the areas of functional genomics, computational biology and biotechnology are desirable.

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of principles, theories, practices and techniques of genetics, breeding and molecular biology is required.  Desirable skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to carry out a variety of recombinant DNA work, such as PCRs, cloning, cDNA and genomic library construction, analyze next-generation sequencing data, and execute genetic physiological experiments in both the greenhouse and the field.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position may require 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 upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding.  The stipend rate for this position is $63,063.  A stipend supplement is included in this rate 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.  The rate also includes a travel allowance of $2,000 per year to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  Funding is not available for relocation expenses.  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-GGRU-2014-0022 in your application and when calling or writing for information.