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Training and Career Development Programs

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Microbiologist or Molecular Biologist Fellowship

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Microbiologist or Molecular Biologist Fellowship

Three research opportunities are currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) within the Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit located in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Foreign Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit uses existing and new molecular biological technologies to understand the virus-host-vector interactions, detect and control insect-transmitted viruses affecting livestock. The specific mission is to Identify and solve major endemic, emerging, and exotic/ transboundary arthropod-borne disease challenges in U.S. livestock.  This includes infecting, monitoring and determined infection and transmission rates of vector insects and/or host under various experimental conditions.  The analysis includes state-of-the art molecular analysis including next generation sequencing, transcriptomics and proteomics.  The participant will join the highly collaborative team as a member to conduct research on portions of the ongoing studies to meet the overall research goals related to foreign vector borne viral diseases of livestock, primary models being Japanese encephalitis virus and Rift Valley fever virus. 

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors

The mentor for each opportunity is Dr. Bill Wilson (, Dr. Dana Mitzel (, Dr. Lee Cohnstaedt ( or Dr. Chad Mire ( If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor(s).

International Symposium on One Health Research: Improving Food Security and Resilience

International Symposium on One Health Research

The Symposium will be unique in that food productions experts will be centrally featured with the goal of identifying common ground from which new interdisciplinary research partnerships might arise and lead to better food resilience, with lectures from the beef, dairy, egg & poultry, pork, aquaculture, fresh produce, and processed food industries. Other research topics will include emerging infectious diseases (viral, bacterial, and other), and the environmental, social, and public communication factors that impact Food Security. 

Symposium Objectives:

  • To promote a transdisciplinary, ‘One Health’ research approach focusing on food security in tackling complex problems that plague food production, human (worker and consumer) health, animal health, and environmental health.
  • To share research knowledge regarding complex problems affecting food security and testing potential solutions concerning these complex problems
  • To build community and new collaborations between diverse professionals and their numerous institutions that work in the area of food safety, recognizing that food security cannot be addressed by a single organizational entity.
  • To recognize and promote excellence among junior professionals working in research areas amenable to One Health approaches.

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International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). the Canadian Association for Biological Safety/ L’Association Canadienne Pour La Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) and Merrick Canada ULC are pleased to co-present the International High Containment Operations and Maintenance Workshop

This workshop addresses the increasing needs of facility operators, maintenance and operations staff for training in relevant aspects of biocontainment facilities and fills a critical need within the operations and maintenance community. This four day course allows participants to gain hands-on experience in some of the special containment and facility support areas (CL3 and CL3-Ag) of the International Vaccine Centre (InterVac), Canada’s newest and largest CL3-Ag facility.

There are only 18 spaces available for this course. Applications will open in late 2023.

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) (

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) (

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.

University Specific Programs:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

STEM Internships and Fellowships – ORISE (

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.