Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Biology (Insects)
Location: Wapato, Washington
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Doctorate
Salary: $66,214 - $86,074
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: ARS-RA-PWA-11504843-mds
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit in Wapato, Washington in Yakima County, has a postdoctoral term position available for a Molecular Biologist for up to two years at the GS-11 level. The position concerns insect genomics, transcriptomics and molecular biology (RNAi) in insect vector/plant disease pathosystems. Duties and assignment include:
Conducting molecular genetics and genomics research on insects and the plant pathogens they transmit.
Setting up insect pathogen infection bioassays, sampling insects, extracting genetic material and preparing samples for transcriptomic sequencing.
Analyzing and interpreting transcriptomic and genomic datasets.
Developing RNA interference effector materials and conducting experimental insect bioassays with these materials.
Yakima County has a population of around 250,000, including the urban center of Yakima, which has a population of around 100,000. Yakima is centrally located in Washington State, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours drive from the major urban centers of Seattle, Portland and Spokane, and 1 to 2 hours drive from Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains.
This position requires a Ph.D in Biology, Entomology, Molecular Biology, Genetics or Genomics is required, 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.
In addition to the basic education requirement listed above, skills and abilities related to management and analysis of genomic or transcriptomic datasets are required. Skills and abilities related to standard molecular biology laboratory work is required. Knowledge and experience related to conducting insect bioassays is desirable.
The position is open to US Citizens or Nationals. Application instructions and full details about requirements for employment for this position and by the USDA are included at the Job Application URL: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/658641400
For questions about this position, please contact William Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge and solving agricultural problems through its four national program areas: nutrition, food safety and quality; animal production and protection; natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems; and crop production and protection. ARS conducts scientific research for the general public of the USA. Their main focus is on research to develop solutions to agricultural problems and provide information access and dissemination to ensure high quality, safe food and other agricultural products, assess the nutritional needs of the general public, sustain a competitive agricultural economy, enhance the natural resource base and the environment, and provide economic opportunities to rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.The advertised position is based at the research laboratories of the Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit (TTFVRU), in Yakima County at Wapato Washington. The mission of the TTFVRU is to impr...ove basic and applied information needed for the development of safe and environmentally sustainable methods for management of arthropod pests and plant pathogens of temperate tree fruits and vegetables, and to develop new potato varieties with improved pest and disease resistance, quality, and enhanced phytonutrient content. The TTFVRU has approximately 35-40 employees, with a diversity of laboratories that include focus on genetics/molecular biology, biological control, chemical ecology and entomology.