*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center located in Beltsville, Maryland.
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 of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
Research Project: The participant will be involved in a project entitled “Molecular Approaches to Control Intestinal Parasites that Affect the Microbiome in Swine and Small Ruminants”. Specifically, the participate will conduct biological experiments that aim to determine the change in the intestinal metabolome and microbiome during parasitic infection and after anti-parasitic clearance, including understanding molecular mechanisms by which parasites modulate intestinal inflammation and evaluating the potential impact of a novel therapeutic protein Cry5B on the native gut microbiome in farm animals.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following learning objectives including, but not limited to:
- Learning how to perform microbiome studies, metabolome analysis, transcriptome analysis, and parasitological and immunological assays.
- Learning how to perform computational or bioinformatics, advanced network, and integrated multi-omics analyses using established or novel data pipelines.
- Learning how to characterize the dynamics of the gut resistome and virome in response to nutrients or dietary supplementation, parasitic infections, and anthelmintic treatments.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Robert W. Li (Robert.email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed an additional year upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This 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.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.