|Working Title||Research Assistant - DEPP|
|Anticipated Hiring Range||Commensurate with Experience|
|Work Schedule||Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (occasional longer work days or Saturday, in case of emergency))|
|Job Location||Beltsville, MD|
|Department||Entomology and Plant Pathology|
|About the Department||
The Plant Protection and Quarantine Science and Technology (PPQ-S&T) - Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory's (PPCDL) mission is to provide federal confirmatory diagnostics for regulatory plant pests/pathogens; develop and validate advanced molecular and serological detection methods, and proficiency test (PT) panels for plant pests that threaten U.S. agriculture; evaluate the applicability of new, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in support of the agency efforts.
|Essential Job Duties||
The Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory provides molecular methods for identification of regulatory plant pathogens. The Research Assistant will work under the project title: Evaluation and development of new molecular diagnostic technologies for the detection US quarantine and regulated plant pathogens.
The Research Assistant will work under the general supervision of a team/project leader to support projects at APHIS-PPQ-S&T Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory (PPCDL) relating to the development and validation of molecular diagnostic assays for plant pathogens of regulatory concern. The incumbent should have a strong background in the molecular biology of microorganisms, plant pathogen or clinical diagnostics, and DNA sequence analysis. The Research Assistant will provide technical support to several staff scientists in preparing sample material, DNA/RNA extractions, running PCRs, and preparing libraries for high throughput sequencing. The incumbent will record details and results of experiments in an official laboratory notebook, enter data into computer programs, write data summary reports, and contribute to the drafting of validation reports and work instructions. Work duties will also include any combination of the following general laboratory maintenance tasks: cleaning and maintaining glassware, preparing media and reagents, preparing agarose gels, restocking and maintaining supplies, autoclaving, operating and maintaining specialized equipment, maintaining greenhouse plants.
The position is based at the APHIS-PPQ-S&T Plant Pathogen Confirmatory Diagnostics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Federal employees, contractors, subcontractors, experts, consultants, and paid unpaid interns hired for work within the United States or its territories who require access to USDA Mission Areas, Agencies and Staff Offices or controlled facilities, Information Technology (IT) systems or security items or products, must be either U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, also known as "green card" holders.
We are seeking to hire two (2) candidates from this posting.
Other duties as assigned.
|Minimum Education and Experience||
|Other Required Qualifications||
|Required License(s) or Certification(s)||
|Valid NC Driver's License required||No|
|Commercial Driver's License required||No|
|Job Open Date||09/19/2022|
|Anticipated Close Date||Open until filled.|
|Special Instructions to Applicants||
Please attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.
|Position Type||EHRA Non-Faculty|
|Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)||1.00|
|Appointment||12 Month Recurring|
|Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather||Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather|
|Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events||Mandatory - Medical Emergencies|
|Department ID||111801 - Entomology and Plant Pathology|
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