The Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, located in Manhattan, Kansas seeks a Research Microbiologist (Virology)/Research Molecular Biologist. Salary Range is $71,012 to $109,781 annually plus benefits. The research involves characterizing and understanding the molecular virology of economically important arthropod transmitted viruses (arboviruses). The arboviruses under investigation will be Flaviviruses and other arboviruses (rhabdovirus, orbivirus, bunyavirus) in support of the Animal Health national programs.
The incumbent’s specific objectives will be to identify factors associated with Flavivirus infections, pathogenesis and maintenance in vector and animal host, and identify epidemiological and ecological factors affecting disease outbreaks caused by Flaviviruses and vesicular stomatitis virus. The incumbent will be expected to lead efforts in 1) enhancing the understanding of how viruses differentially adapt to insect and animal hosts, and how this knowledge can be used to break future cycles of transmission; and 2) develop better countermeasures (detection and prevention tools) to increase the efficiency of livestock production, and in the case of zoonotic diseases, prevent transmission to humans. This requires work with zoonotic pathogens in BSL-2 and BSL-3 containment facilities.
Interested? Go to www.usa.jobs.gov and search ARS-D16W-0467 for details and directions on how to apply; applications MUST be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the Closing Date (Sept 16, 2016) of the Vacancy Announcement. U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider.