Research Associate

Agricultural Research Service
Washington D.C.
$68,000 - $81,000
February 12 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity for Performing Gene-Editing in Swine.


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

How to Apply

A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start. Proof must be sent to ARS/USDA/Animal Biocience and Biotechnology Laboratory directly from the academic institution including graduation date and degree awarded. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two references – While two references are requested, applications will be considered without reference information. It is preferred that a complete application package contains a minimum of one reference.

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A postdoctoral research opportunity in gene editing is available with the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Animal Biosciences & Biotechnology Laboratory (ABBL) in Beltsville, Maryland.

The selected candidate will conduct research on an ongoing gene-editing program in swine to develop strategies for the genetic engineering of pig intestinal tissue. The participant will utilize recombinant DNA and gene-editing technologies to elucidate pig intestine/nutrient/microbiome interactions and the effects of antibiotics and antimicrobial growth promoters on these interactions.

The appointment is full-time for 12 months, with an anticipated start date of March 1, 2019, and may be renewed based upon the availability of funding. The selected applicant will receive a GS-11/12 salary and accompanying benefits of federal employment.

This position requires a pre-appointment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals.



To be eligible, applicants should have a PhD in molecular biology, reproductive biology or mammalian gut physiology with a high degree of proficiency in recombinant DNA/molecular biology laboratory techniques. Although not required, applicants with prior experience in gene-editing or genetic engineering techniques are preferred. Candidates must be willing to work with swine.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge and skill in utilizing gene-editing techniques to knockout genes in zygotes or cultured cells.
  • Knowledge and skill in utilizing gene-editing techniques to knock-in candidate genes to investigate their function.
  • Molecular biology skills to enable site-specific genomic DNA insertions, deletions, or modifications and to develop transgenes optimized for porcine (mammalian) tissue expression.

  • excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • good publication record
  • ability to work independently

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):

Life Health and Medical Sciences (8)

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