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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds 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 Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit at the U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS in Athens, GA is seeking a Research Microbiologist (Research Associate) to conduct research on the pathogenesis of picornaviruses alone or in mixed infections in poultry species. The incumbent’s primary role will be to study novel poultry enteric picornaviruses initially described in our laboratory through a metagenomic analysis of the poultry gut viral community.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements

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The incumbent will use molecular diagnostic assays to amplify avian picornavirus RNA from turkey and chicken producing regions of the United States, and subsequent phylogenetic analysis will be used to determine the geographical isolates to be included in downstream analyses and pathogenesis work in experimental birds. Further, high-throughput nucleic acid sequencing and subsequent comparative viral community analysis will be used to determine the role(s) avian enteric picornaviruses play in overall poultry health.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend scientific meetings and conferences.

Relocation Authorized

  • No