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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 Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit is looking for a Research Molecular Biologist or a Research Plant Pathologist to provide research support. The assignment is to use molecular and genetic approaches to develop natural and synthetice meiotic drive elements that will reduce mycotoxin production in populations of Fusarium. 

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

    Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm

    This is an Excepted Service , time limited appointment with an initial duration of two years.


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    The incumbent will conduct research on the development of alternative control strategies for the reduction of mycotoxin contamination of maize. Research will involve developing a natural meiotic drive element called Spore Killer in Fusarium verticillioides, a common pathogen of maize, and a synthetic meiotic drive element based on CAS9, that will minimize mycotoxin synthesis in a population of the fungus.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To attend meetings and conferences

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship.

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