USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Molecular Biologist
The Shirk lab is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Molecular Biologist. The incumbent will conduct molecular and genomic studies of the endosymbiotic bacterium, Wolbachia, from various insect orders to identify genes associated with disruption of host cell meiotic processes. The research will focus primarily on the arthropod endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia and use molecular and genomic approaches to 1) establish transinfected insect cell lines; 2) develop a transposon based system for mutagenesis of Wolbachia genome; and 3) establish Wolbachia transinfected moth strains for development of incompatible insect release.
This position requires a recent Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Microbiology or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard’s requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned.
The position is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship.


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