Post-Doctoral Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS
A post-doctoral research opportunity is available to apply immunoassay technologies, advanced proteomic tools, and disease assessment techniques to diagnose and study boxwood blight disease with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), at the Foreign Disease/Weed Science Unit located at the Frederick, MD location. The desired appointment start date is 11/01/2018.
Boxwood blight caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata and C. henricotiae is destructive, newly emergent disease that is spreading throughout the horticulture industry in the U.S. and worldwide. The post-doctoral researcher will spearhead development of a new serology-based diagnostic tool for boxwood blight, and make use of proteomic tools, datasets and disease assessment to elucidate pathogen biology. This project is just one component of a multi-state, multi-disciplinary initiative focused on mitigating the impact of boxwood blight disease in the U.S. The project involves frequent interactions between three collaborating USDA-ARS labs at Frederick, MD and Beltsville, MD, providing direct access to substantial scientific and computational resources.
Qualifications: The position requires a Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry, mycology, plant pathology, microbiology, or a closely related field within five years of the start date.
The candidate should have excellent molecular biology skills, with experience in protein/antibody analytical techniques, protein characterization and purification, plant disease assessment, and be highly proficient in computational analyses. Experience working with fungi and/or plant pathogenic microorganisms is desirable but not required. The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, including a solid record of peer-reviewed publication. The selected applicant must be exceptionally self-motivated, reliable, and able to succeed in a diverse and interdisciplinary environment.
Applications: To apply, please send: (1) cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals; (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information of three references to Douglas Luster, email@example.com.
Pay scale: This appointment is full-time for one year with a stipend of $54,100 per anuum, plus a stipend supplement for health benefits. The initial appointment period is one year, with reappointment after the first year based on successful performance. This position requires a pre-appointment background check, and is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.