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Training and Career Development Programs

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Molecular Biologist Research Fellowship

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Molecular Biologist Research Fellowship in Ames, IA

A postdoctoral research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC), in Ames, IA for a motivated and independent scientist to study the mechanisms of the interaction of bacterial pathogens with the ruminant hosts and to develop methodologies to mitigate disease losses in the livestock industry.

The participant will get a better overall understanding of research through attendance of laboratory meetings when lab members share data, and reading of peer-reviewed papers in the respective field. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.


USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program

USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP) (usda.gov)

The purpose of the USDA APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program is to build the necessary technical and subject matter expertise to support the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas. In addition to serving as an international reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease virus and a national reference laboratory for other foreign animal diseases such as classical swine fever and African swine fever viruses, FADDL’s mission will expand to include emerging and zoonotic diseases, including biosafety level-4 pathogens.

NSTP fellows will receive full tuition and supplementary support for up to five years to complete a master’s, doctorate, or DVM/Ph.D. program in target laboratory-based fields of study such as microbiology, virology, molecular biology, diagnostics, and bioinformatics.


USDA APHIS NBAF Laboratorian Training Program

NBAF Laboratorian Training Program (NLTP) (usda.gov)

High Containment Laboratory Technician Training Program for Undergraduates

This US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) sponsored program is designed to build technical skills necessary to high containment diagnostics.

NLTP will provide:

  • Work with pathogens in a high containment environment
  • Hands-on experience with assays and procedures used in a diagnostic laboratory
  • Initial training for people interested in applying for technical positions with USDA APHIS or other laboratory employers.

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

STEM Internships and Fellowships – ORISE (orau.gov)

Internships and fellowships administered by ORISE aim to strengthen the scientific and technical workforce in areas of science, transfer knowledge and technology to the academic community, and support the national commitment to science education.