Post Doctoral Open Positions

Research Associate, Bacteriologist (Post-doctoral), USDA–ARS, WestLafayette, IN 

Livestock Behavior Research Unit
West Lafayette, Indiana

(Announcement posted August 14, 2013)

JOB TITLE:   Research Associate, Bacteriologist (Post-doctoral)

LOCATION:  West Lafayette, Indiana

POSITION: Full Time – Term NTE 13 months, renewable

WHO MAY APPLY:  U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking Citizenship

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:  The position is located in the USDA-ARS, Livestock Behavior Research Unit, West Lafayette, Indiana. The research assignment requires the incumbent to conduct independent and with a team of researchers, interdisciplinary research requiring extensive knowledge of animal microbiology, immunology, and physiology (particularly, swine). The incumbent will be responsible for initiating and developing research toward understanding the relationship between bacterial infection, immunity, stress, and behavior in swine. The research objectives are to identify mechanisms of gastrointestinal bacterial infection and key strategies to prevent or ameleorate their effects in neonatal and weanling swine. The goal is to develop a scientific program that will create a thorough understanding of how stress affects pathogen load and shedding with an emphasis on gastrointestinal function and pathogen-host interactions.  Research outcomes will be used to identify/develop management and intervention strategies that promote gastrointestinal health. The incumbent will be expected to conduct a series of experiments addressing this objective and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the research.  

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:   This position requires a Ph.D. in animal sciences, bacteriology, microbial ecology, or a related field. Prior experience working with pigs and other livestock animals is not necessary. Candidates with a veterinary degree and relevant research experience are also encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:   This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation and performance.  

A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year.  Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Dr. Susan Eicher, USDA/ARS
Address: 125 South Russell Street
West Lafayette
Phone: +1 765 496-3665        


Two Postdoctoral Positions in Molecular Virology (HEV) to study hepatitis E virus

Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

(Announcement posted August 9, 2013)

Two postdoctoral positions in molecular virology to study hepatitis E virus (HEV) are available immediately. The candidates will study the molecular mechanisms of HEV replications and pathogenesis. The candidates will identify viral and host factors important for cross-species infection, and understand host innate immune responses against HEV infection. The candidate is expected to have good written and oral communication skills and is expected to provide some training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in virology or related fields. Preference will be given to those candidates who have prior hands-on experiences in molecular virology particularly in the area of viral reverse genetic systems and innate immunity, and who have published high-quality papers. Candidates should have less than three years of prior postdoctoral experience.

In order to be considered for the position, all applications must be submitted through the university HR website. Please apply at the Virginia Tech job website (

For questions, contact:

Dr. X.J. Meng Center
Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.