ARS is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's 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.
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This position is located within the USDA-ARS Food & Feed Safety Research Unit, in New Orleans, LA.
**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR 06/28/2019**
- Utilize available transcriptomic, metabolomic and genomic sequence databases for computationally predicting and characterizing fungal gene regulatory pathways.
- Develop novel bioinformatic techniques utilizing RNA-Seq data to investigate regulatory, co-expression, metabolic, and signaling networks involved in plant-pathogen interactions.
- Conduct molecular and microbiological assays as needed, including cloning, quantitative PCR, generating recombinant microorganisms, and conducing growth/morphological measurements.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
- Direct Deposit ? Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
- Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
This position requires a recent Ph.D in Biology, Genetics, Molecular, Cell or Plant Biology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Plant Pathology, Biochemistry, Computational Biology or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Applicant should demonstrate advanced knowledge in bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology and be capable of conducting basic molecular bench techniques. Experience using command-line programs to analyze, utilize, or annotate genome/transcriptome sequences is also required. This includes high familiarity with using Linux-based servers and software for mapping RNA-Seg reads, gene prediction, gene expression analysis, and the ability to develop skills in computationally identifying important genes or gene networks in complex data sets. A working knowledge of analytical chemistry for acquiring and/or analyzing HPLC-MS natural product data and integration with computational, transcriptional and genome data, and familiarity with pathogenic microorganisms is preferable. Publications in peer-reviewed journals and invitation to speaking engagements are considered evidence of the requirements.
Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned.
A Ph.D. is required that was obtained within the last four years.
For more information and to apply, visit the official Job Announcement. Applications are due June 28, 2019.