Job Overview


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.



The incumbent serves as a Research Microbiologist in the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit (FADRU) at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC). The incumbent is responsible for performing basic state of the art research to develop novel strategies to control foot and mouth disease (FMD). The incumbent will design, prepare and evaluate vectored vaccines and/or antiviral candidates for their effectiveness in preventing or limiting FMD in livestock species. Responsibilities also include the study of mechanisms of vaccine and/or antiviral induced protection against FMD.

Other Considerations:

The work of this position is performed in a biological containment laboratory operating under rigid Agency Safety Rules and Regulations (for example requiring at least one daily hygienic shower). Risks involve working with or being exposed to radioactive material, possible contagious disease, chemicals, and possible burns form autoclaves and sterilizers, and possible injury working with and around laboratory equipment.

Incumbent is required to pass various US Government security clearances and suitability to work with select agents according to USDA and DHS policies. This position is subject to random drug testing.

Required travel to and from Orient Point, New York or Old Saybrook, CT and Plum Island aboard Government provided marine vessels.

For health and safety of the incumbent and to prevent the spread of disease, immunization against the diseases being studied at PIADC which are transmissible to humans may be required where the vaccine has been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended 21 USC 321-392. Where the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for investigational purposes, the incumbent will be advised that such immunization is voluntary.



Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No