Immediate Need: Fellowship Description
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is seeking a motivated scientist, (post-master’s or post-baccalaureate) with a background in microscopy interested in conducting animal virology laboratory research aimed at developing novel strategies to control viral Foreign Animal Disease threat (FMDV, ASFV, CSFV) . The position is with the Transboundary Animal Disease Countermeasure branch at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and is offered through the PIADC Research Participation Program. The position is available immediately and is funded for 1 year, with the opportunity for renewal.
PIADC is the only U.S. laboratory facility performing research, development and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases of highest threat to the U.S. This critical national asset is located off the northeast coast of Long Island, NY, and accessible by government-provided ferry from Orient Point, NY, and Old Saybrook, CT. One of the missions of PIADC is to develop technologies to help mitigate the risks of catastrophic economic losses caused by foreign animal disease (FAD) agents accidentally or deliberately introduced into the United States.
At PIADC in a bio-safety level-3 (BSL-3) laboratory environment, the scientist will perform laboratory procedures to visualize and analyze biopsy, tissue culture derived materials using various microscopic procedures ranging from simple light microscopy to transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Training will be provided. The scientist will prepare specimens and samples, operate standard and specialized laboratory equipment, maintain tissue cultures, stay up-to-date regarding technical developments, conduct literature searches on identified topics relevant to the research, and follow and ensure adherence to strict safety procedures and safety checks.
Common methodologies employed will include virus isolation, propagation and titration; preparation of vaccines; ELISAs; evaluation of vaccine potency and efficacy in swine, cattle and mice; and use of several techniques of recombinant DNA technology, real time PCR, protein expression in bacteria and in tissue culture, light and fluorescence microscopy.
Candidate must have demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and record keeping skills as will be working with agricultural select agents. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and pass a security clearance. Plum Island is located in Long Island Sound 1 mile from Orient Point, New York and or 10 miles from Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Transportation is provided by a government ferry from Old Saybrook, CT or Orient Point, NY. Apply http://www.orau.gov/piadc/applications.htm. Program description visit http://www.orau.gov/piadc/default.htm.