Immunology/Virology Scientist Opening

Jim Fox fox at email.marc.usda.gov
Mon Dec 18 17:10:28 EST 2000

An immediate opening (ARS-X0W-0469) is available for a permanent, full-time research scientist to investigate viral respiratory infections of domestic livestock.  Candidates with a broad background in either virological, microbial, immunological, molecular, or cell sciences are encouraged to apply.  We seek exceptional individuals with the potential to study the host response to viral respiratory infections in livestock populations.  The successful candidate will join an integrated, multi-disciplinary team of scientists identifying strategies to reduce the impact of pathogenic microorganisms of livestock.

Starting salary is $50,139 -$77,507 depending on experience and starting dates are negotiable.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens.  Applications will be accepted until January 8, 2001, or until the position is filled.  Detailed application information can be found at http://www.ars.usda.gov/afm/hrd/resjobs/X0W-0469.HTM .  ARS is an equal opportunity employer.

The position is in the Animal Health Research Unit (AHRU) at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), Clay Center, NE.  MARC is a 54 square mile facility (35,000 acres) located in south central Nebraska and dedicated to increasing the efficiency of livestock production through improved genetics and animal health.  AHRU maintains strong, well-funded programs in infectious diseases, focusing on enteric and respiratory pathogens.  The AHRU facilities consist of state-of-the-art laboratories equipped for the molecular and cellular analysis of host pathogen interactions that are located adjacent to the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.  In addition, genomic resources at MARC include arrayed EST, BAC, and YAC libraries, automated capillary-based DNA sequencing, high-throughput genotyping with MALDI-TOF MS, parallel expression profiling, integrated bioinformatics databases, large research herds (6,500 beef cattle, 3000 sheep, and 700 swine litters), and state-of-the-art management facilities.
Clay Center is located in south central Nebraska (http://visitnebraska.org/), a region that offers affordable housing, good schools, and an opportunity to enjoy living where the Oregon Trail crosses the heart of the North American Central Flyway.  During the migration seasons, the area Rainwater Basin wetlands and neighboring Platte River valley host 10 million waterfowl and sandhill cranes offering outdoor opportunities for both wildlife and sports enthusiasts (http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/migrate/intro.htm).

Prospective candidates may contact:

James M. Fox, Ph.D.
Animal Health Research Unit
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
PO Box 166
Clay Center, NE  68933
Phone:  402-762-4392
Fax: 402-762-4375
email:  fox at email.marc.usda.gov

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