Plum Island Animal Disease Center 
Research Participation Program
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
Immediate Needs

IMPORTANT REMINDER (APPLIES TO ALL POSITIONS)

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or any other agency, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the pre-employment check.

Animal Virology Research Support Appointment

Description:
Position is available to be filled immediately.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated scientist (post-master’s or post-baccalaureate) interested in conducting animal virology laboratory research aimed at developing novel strategies to control African swine fever virus (ASFV). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit 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, the scientist will perform laboratory tests to evaluate the efficacy and potency of vaccine and antivirals against ASFV. The scientist will prepare specimens and samples, operate standard laboratory equipment, maintain tissue cultures, assist in animal experiments, 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. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.

Common methodologies employed will include virus isolation, propagation and titration; preparation of vaccines; determination of serum antibody titers using virus neutralization assays and/or ELISAs; evaluation of vaccine potency and efficacy in swine; and use of several techniques of recombinant DNA technology, real time PCR, protein expression in bacteria and in tissue culture, light and fluorescence microscopy.

Other Qualifications:
Post Baccalaureate or Post Master’s

How to Apply:
Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

For Additional Information:
For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc.

 

Electron Microscopy Fellowship Appointment

Description:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate  is seeking a motivated scientist (post-master’s or post-baccalaureate) with prior experience and skill sets associated with electron microscopy techniques,  or  with a strong desire to pursue a scientific career in electron microscopy projects associated with transboundary animal disease viruses (FMDV, ASFV, CSFV). This fellowship is with the Transboundary Animal Disease Countermeasures 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 include but are not limited to: tissue and cell preparation with fixatives and embedding medias, ultrathin sectioning, paraffin-based cryomicrotomy and immunohistochemistry; 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.

Qualifications:
The candidate must have demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and record keeping skills, as the fellow will be working with agricultural select agents.  The applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to obtain a security clearance.

How to Apply:
Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

For Additional Information:
For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc.

 

Virology Postdoctoral Appointment

Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated postdoctoral scientist (DVM and/or PhD) interested in developing novel strategies to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit 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, the scientist will design and perform basic and applied research to select, develop, quantify the effectiveness of, and otherwise evaluate various strains of microorganisms for their potential use as vaccines or vaccine vectors in susceptible or model animals, including cattle, swine and mice. In parallel, the scientist will investigate the response of FMD virus to biotherapeutics and/or antivirals in vitro and/or in vivo. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.

Qualifications:
Candidates should be knowledgeable in infectious diseases including theory and techniques of molecular virology, diagnostics, viral pathogenesis, viral immunology, recombinant DNA technology, RNA interference, cell biology and tissue culture.

How to Apply:
Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

For Additional Information:
For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc.

Virology Research Support Appointment

Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is seeking a motivated scientist (DVM, post-master’s or post-baccalaureate) interested in conducting animal virology laboratory research aimed at developing novel strategies to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). The position is with the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit 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, the scientist will perform laboratory tests to evaluate the efficacy and potency of vaccine and antivirals against FMD. The scientist will prepare specimens and samples, operate standard laboratory equipment, maintain tissue cultures, assist in animal experiments, 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. Research will be performed in a Bio-Safety Level 3 containment laboratory and animal facility.

Common methodologies employed will include virus isolation, propagation and titration; preparation of vaccines; determination of serum antibody titers using virus neutralization assays and/or 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.

How to Apply:
Information about the application process and application forms are available on the program Web site: http://www.orau.gov/piadc

For Additional Information:
For additional information about the PIADC Research Participation Program, please see http://www.orau.gov/piadc.

Recent Graduate Research Appointments

The Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) Research Participation Program has opportunities available to participate in research activities on foreign animal diseases. Applicants must have recently completed a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate in veterinary medicine, pathology, immunology, molecular biology, virology, bioinformatics, epidemiology, and other disciplines related to understanding pathogenesis, immune response and vaccine and antiviral development against foreign animal diseases (FADs).

Participants will be involved in research activities related to foreign animal diseases, including but not limited:

  • Development of more sensitive and accurate methods of disease agent detection and identification
  • Development of new strategies to control disease epidemics, including rDNA vaccines, antiviral drugs, and transgenic, disease-resistant animals
  • Assessment of risks involved in importation of animals and animal products from countries where epidemic FADs occur
  • Diagnostic investigations of suspect cases of FAD outbreaks in U.S. livestock
  • Tests of animals in animal products to be imported into the U.S. to make sure those imports are free of FAD agents
  • Production and maintenance reagents used in diagnostic tests and vaccines for FADs

Research will be conducted in BioSafety Level 3 (BSL-3) containment in modern, well-equipped laboratory space. Plum Island is located off the eastern tip of Long Island, requiring daily travel by government ferry from either Orient Pt., NY or Old Saybrook, CT.

For questions or more information, contact piadc@orau.org