Position Number: 00106146
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)-Science & Technology (S&T)-Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) Beltsville Laboratory mission is to provide federal confirmatory diagnostics for regulatory plant pathogens; develop and validate advanced molecular and serological detection methods for pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture; evaluate applicability of new, state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies in support of the agency efforts.
Essential Job Duties: The Research Scholar position will work as a member of project "Development and validation of advanced methods for detection and identification of plant quarantine pathogens." The position will work up the general supervision of a Team/Project Leader to support the APHIS PPQ CPHST Beltsville Laboratory projects on molecular and biochemical methods for the diagnosis of regulatory plant pests/pathogens. The position will be part of a growing lab that handles large amounts of data. The position is based at the CPHST Beltsville Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. The position will perform bioinformatic analyses on next generation sequencing data (DNA-seq, RNA-seq, metagenomics) by developing custom analytical tools/pipelines and using open source software. Among the primary goals is the identification and characterization of plant pathogens of quarantine and regulatory significance. *This position is located in Beltsville, MD.*
Minimum Education/Experience: * PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or a related field. * Strong programming and scripting experience. * Experience managing and working with next generation sequencing data.
Department Required Skills: * Documented experience in analyzing data derived from next generation sequencing. * Proficient in genome and transcriptome assembly, annotation, variant detection and comparative genomic analyses. * Demonstrated programming and scripting skills in several of the following languages: R, Python, Java, Perl, C++. * Comfortable setting up, working, and maintaining a Linux/Unix environment. * Ability to plan and follow planned activities independently. * Good written and oral communication skills. * Basic system administration skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Knowledge, background, or experience in molecular biology and microbiology. * Writing code and developing solutions to computational biology problems, with particular emphasis on the detection of pathogens (Oomycetes, fungi, bacteria, virus or nematodes).
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
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