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Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations.  ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under "Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment" at

This position is located in United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Boston, MA. The mission of the unit is to conduct research on the mechanisms involved in the beneficial effects of fruit polyphenolics on neuronal signaling and behavior in aging. The purpose of this position is to perform research projects which directly contribute to the unit mission.

This position is temporary, Not to exceed 13 months. May be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.




Major Duties:

Conducts research projects determining the mechanisms involved in increased vulnerability to oxidative stress and inflammation in aging and possible methods to reduce or reverse these changes through nutritional supplementation with berryfruits. Plans and carries out individual experiments within prescribed approaches. Devises and recommends alternative methods of standardized analysis to solve problems. Prepares manuscripts reporting findings from experiments conducted, including initial interpretation of significance to the overall project. Performs tests and analyses by applying established analytical methods and procedures or by operating an automated analytical system according to established operating procedures. Devises, recommends and, with the supervisor’s approval, modifies methods that are needed to obtain the information requested.