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USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Microbiology

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Leetown, West Virginia
The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Closing date
May 20, 2022
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*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this posting will remain open until filled.

ARS Office/Lab and LocationA postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the Fish Health Unit at the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture (NCCCWA), located in Leetown, West Virginia. The mission of the NCCCWA is to enhance the nation's aquaculture production by developing improved germplasm and technologies that increase farm efficiency, product quality, and environmental sustainability. Research focuses primarily on rainbow trout and encompasses genetics, genomics, physiology, aquatic animal health, and aquaculture engineering.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.

Research ProjectThe selected participant will conduct microbiological research supporting the development of novel strategies that improve the health of farmed fish. This will include evaluating the utility of bacteriophage for precision biocontrol of pathogenic or nuisance bacteria in aquaculture systems, characterization of emerging pathogens of farmed fish, and the development and evaluation of vaccines. 

Learning ObjectivesThe participant will gain useful experience designing and conducting experiments in collaboration with a team of microbiologists, immunologists, and veterinarians.  The participant will be trained in an array of methodologies and technologies to fulfil the objectives of the project including microbiology, fish disease modeling, microbial genomics, metagenomics, biochemistry, microscopy, and molecular biology.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Timothy Welch ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

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