Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table
Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens AND those eligible for consideration under a noncompetitive hiring authority(i.e., 30% or more disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.)
This position is located in Albany, CA in the Foodborne Contaminants Unit of the Agriculture Research Service of USDA. The incumbent will conduct research and biochemical analyses on toxins that impact food safety. The incumbent will develop and/or improve techniques and procedures, maintain, and calibrate specialized laboratory instruments, and equipment for procedures such as ELISA, affinity chromatography, molecular cloning technology, maintain detailed records of experimental data and analyze data for project reports.
This is a Full-time Term Appointment not to exceed 4 years.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Major duties of the position include but are not limited to:
- Conducting biological sample extraction and biochemical analyses.
- Testing and developing new methodologies in sample preparation, extraction and quantification.
- Writing laboratory protocols for all new and modified methods.
- Utilizing specialized equipment (such as microplate readers for ELISA, and electrochemiluminescence immunosorbent assays) to conduct chemical and biological research experiments.
- Calibrating specialized equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures.
- Initiating action to resolve and/or correct technical research difficulties.
- Managing inventory of chemicals and stock solutions etc. for use in the laboratory.
- Disposing of waste materials (both chemical and biological) according to rules and regulations.
- Using computers and instrument-specific software packages to process, tabulate, statistically analyze and summarize research data.