Status: Full-time position
Location: Orient Point, NY
Salary: $53,500.00 to $69,545.00
Deadline Date: 2/4/13
Job Summary: The position is located in the Proficiency and Validation Services Section of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL), at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PEADC). The key functions of the FADDL are the diagnosis of animal disease foreign to the United States, the development of diagnostic tests and reagents and training for foreign animal disease diagnosis. The purpose of this position is to develop procedures, tests and reagents for the diagnosis of foreign animal diseases based upon molecular biological principles.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Qualifications: Degree microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent. OR B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Duties: Your assignment is in the area of pathogenic viruses of domestic livestock and zoo animals.
You are responsible for performance of molecular techniques for the detection and identification of viral nucleic acid from both animal tissue and cell culture.
Prepares reagents and solutions for projects involving the development of rapid and sensitive molecular diagnostic methods.
Participates in and prepares reports on developmental projects and keeps supervisor informed on status of projects. Conducts training sessions and laboratory demonstrations.
Responsible for the maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment including HPLC, Thermocyclers and Sequencing apparatus.
Conducts all aspects of nucleic acid sequencing.
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