Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
General Information


The PIADC Research Participation Program provides opportunities for postdoctoral fellows, postgraduates, faculty, students and visiting scientists.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have or be completing an undergraduate (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) or graduate (M.S., DVM, Ph.D., MD or equivalent) degree in veterinary medicine, pathology, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, virology, epidemiology, computational biology, biostatistics, or other discipline related to foreign animal diseases.
  • Have or be eligible to obtain a security clearance.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.

How to Apply

The PIADC Research Participation Program does NOT have application deadlines; applications are accepted for each position until position is filled.

To apply, select the opportunity of interest in Current Opportunities. Click on "Apply For This Opportunity" and you will be directed to the opportunity details on Zintellect, an online application system, where you will complete an application and upload necessary documents. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.

Application Requirements

Released Profile

In order to apply for an opportunity, you must complete a profile in Zintellect. The profile consists of questions that are common across all opportunities.


The application includes questions specific to the opportunity. You will also be able to customize your references, resumes, and responses based on each opportunity. If you are submitting applications to more than one opportunity, your responses to the application questions should be specific to the opportunity for which you are applying.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The résumé or CV should include academic history, employment history, relevant experiences and publications list.

Acceptable Transcript

An acceptable transcript is defined as a transcript issued by the Registrar’s Office that includes all of the following:

  • Official university markings such as the registrar’s signature, university logo or stamp, letterhead or watermark, etc.;
  • Name of the academic institution;
  • Name of the student;
  • For current students, the transcript must include recent coursework and grades. For postgraduate candidates, the transcript should include the graduation date and degree awarded.

We understand that breaking the seal on an official transcript makes it “unofficial.” A transcript labeled “unofficial” or “Issued to Student” by the academic institution will be accepted as long as it meets all of the requirements listed above. When scanning watermarked transcripts, the image may include “void” markings to indicate that it is a copy, and this is also acceptable. Transcripts do not have to be color copied; black and white copies are acceptable as long as they are readable.

Student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems will not be accepted.

Visual Examples of Transcripts:

Acceptable Transcript - front
Acceptable Transcript – back
Unacceptable Transcript

Important Information

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered.
  • Supporting materials must be uploaded as a PDF files to ensure the document can be searched by Zintellect’s search engine. Scanned items are not optimal for search engines. PDF must not require special certificates or passwords to open. Maximum file size is 10MB.
  • All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with USDA, DHS or any other agency, this position may require a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the pre-employment check.

Selection and Appointment of Candidates

  • Applicants apply for research opportunities through Zintellect, an online application system.
  • PIADC research team leaders evaluate the application packages in Zintellect.
  • Additional documentation or information may be requested during the selection process.
  • Best-qualified applicants may be invited for an in-person interview.
  • Final selection is made by the PIADC staff.
  • Appointments are made on the basis of research team needs and availability of funds.
  • Participants work with PIADC staff to initiate the security clearance process and arrange entrance-on-duty.
  • ORISE administers the appointments of selected individuals.

Note: Applications will be used solely for the purpose of selecting fellows and administering the PIADC Research Participation Program. Disclosure of the information is subject to Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974).

Terms of Appointment

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, DOE, DHS, USDA, or any other office or agency.

Activation of the appointment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the selection, security clearance and visa requirements.

If offered, participants have the option to purchase health insurance coverage from ORISE.


  • Benefits may include monthly stipends commensurate with degree level, research areas and experience
  • Partial medical/health insurance coverage
  • Limited travel/moving reimbursement

Length of Appointment

Typically appointments are for 12 months. Appointments may be renewed for up to five years contingent upon satisfactory performance, type of appointment and availability of funds.


  • Appointments involve a full-time commitment to the assigned research project at PIADC or at designated collaborating institutions as deemed necessary by PIADC scientific staff.
  • Participants must commit to continuous resident participation for the duration of the appointment and avoid obligations that will interrupt their research during their tenure. The participant's research must be conducted in a manner and according to a time schedule that meets the overall research needs of PIADC.
  • Participants are required to present to PIADC reports summarizing their research progress during their appointment. In addition, participants are required to submit to PIADC a final report including an abstract of the research conducted during the appointment. All published reports, journal articles, or professional presentations that rely on the research conducted during the appointment must acknowledge the Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program and the agency supporting the research at PIADC.

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