*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit located in Athens, Georgia.
The Agricultural Research Service (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 the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
This research unit engages in research to prevent and control high consequence diseases of poultry in order to ensure a safe and secure food supply. The vaccinology, pathobiology, transmission dynamics and diagnostics for Avian influenza virus are a primary research focus of the unit.
Research Project: The participant will be part of the team which is developing methods of evaluating influenza vaccine candidates without animal challenge studies. The project involves verification of immune correlates, vaccine potency and antigenic relationship data. The participant will help conduct a meta-analysis of influenza immunogenicity, antigenic, and vaccine protection data for poultry to establish critical parameters for protection. Then the participant will conduct studies to verify the parameters and to determine the confidence levels of the criteria. The final goal of the research will be the development of a criteria/model system to identify optimal vaccine strains to protect against novel influenza strains.
Learning Objectives: The participant will learn methods and data interpretation associated with: vaccinology, the critical aspects of vaccine application in food animal species its importance to One health. The participant will also learn about influenza A virus pathobiology and immunology.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Erica Spackman (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant 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. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.