Job Overview

Summary

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

The incumbent is responsible for carrying out multidisciplinary research with the goal of studying host-pathogen interactions in food animal respiratory diseases.  The strategy of the Research Unit is to use naturally-infected populations of livestock to research infectious diseases of cattle and sheep.  This research is directed primarily at the host-pathogen interactions of respiratory diseases.  The approach is to account for both host and pathogen variation in populations of naturally-infected livestock and thereby identify host alleles that influence disease in specific production environments.  The incumbent’s contribution will include characterizing viruses associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex for infection, transmission, and replication.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Duties

Major Duties:

1. Develop and implement a research program to understand the role of viruses in Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex (BRDC).

2. Identify virally infected animals and tissues.

3. Determine expression of viral proteins and their role in immune response.

4. Determine transmission of BRDC-related viruses between animals or between cells.

5. Determine factors affecting BRDC-related viral replication.