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 under 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.