*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) located in East Lansing, Michigan.
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.
The mission of the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory is to provide leadership in solving current and future problems in neoplastic and other viral diseases of poultry using basic and applied multidisciplinary, team approaches thereby benefiting the poultry industry and consumers.
Research Project: The purpose of this project is to identify biological mechanisms and causative genetic variants that provide superior Marek’s disease genetic resistance in chickens. The selected participant will computationally integrate and analyze various genomic datasets on Marek’s disease to identify biological mechanisms and causative genetic variants that promote genetic resistance.
Learning Objectives: This environment offers opportunities to learn bioinformatic procedures as well as wet lab skills; to interact with scientists and technicians within the group to develop new projects; and to enhance proficiency in molecular genetics. The participant will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team within the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory as well as our sister unit, the US National Poultry Research Center in Athens, GA, and will have the opportunity to present research findings within the center and at professional meetings.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Hans Cheng (email@example.com). The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed 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 and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.
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 (USDA-ARS-2021-0191).