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    The purpose of the work is to perform analyses and determinations using established molecular diagnostic criteria regarding the identity of organisms potentially affecting plant health for use in determining the identity of pests intercepted at ports of entry, discovered in state and national surveys or from other state of national detection programs; to identify common problems and potential impacts; and to assist senior staff in improving identification tools for technical personnel.

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    • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
    • Assists in the compilation of the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) datasets of molecular sequences of intercepted plant pests, and collaborates with Molecular Biologists.
    • Assumes technical operational responsibility for planning, performing, and recording diagnostic laboratory activities within the quarantine program, and oversees diagnostic activities.
    • Performs classical, real-time polymerase chain reactions (PCR) sequencing using the Sanger method and sequence analysis to identify pests of regulatory concern.
    • Provides assistance to Molecular Biologists in providing guidance to PPQ on the application of molecular diagnostics, including assays for pest detection and methods for confirming pest identification.
    • Modifies written Agency protocols in order to improve the identification of pests of various life stages as applied to taxonomy of pests of regulatory significance.
    • Assists in the deployment and use of molecular technology in relation to identification activities.
    • Maintains accurate and detailed experimental records and tabulates, statistically analyzes and summarizes data using appropriate software and computer equipment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


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