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Postdoctoral Research Associate with U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy in Frederick, Maryland (Flexible Telework Available)

Type of position Temporary (12-month), Full Time, Fellowship
Employer U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy
Description of Employer The fellowship is administered for USDA-ARS by Oak Ridge Associated Universities through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Fellows are provided health care benefits and a travel allowance in addition to monthly stipends.
Location Frederick, Maryland (Flexible Telework Available)
Description of Location This postdoctoral fellow will study interactions between invasive weeds and foreign plant pathogens. Their project will focus on identifying introduced weed species that may act as reservoirs for high-consequence pathogens. The fellow will learn to apply network analysis and habitat suitability models to evaluate the risk of pathogen movement between diverse weed and crop hosts. The fellow may contribute to other ongoing projects as dictated by interest in weed microbiomes, pathogen genomics, and the development of weed biocontrol agents in containment facilities.
Salary 65,000
Benefits Fellows receive health benefits and a travel allowance in addition to their monthly stipend.
Closing date of competition 1/3/2023
Date position available 12/5/2023
Description of duties

The fellow will be responsible primarily for using computer software and existing databases to 1) prepare lists of invasive weed species and their associated plant pathogens, and 2) map geographic locations where there is greatest risk of pathogen transmission between invasive weeds and crops.

Qualifications sought

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field of study, experience using computer software for large-scale data analysis, and effective communication skills. Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and working on interdisciplinary teams is beneficial but not required. 

Contact for additional information Dr. Mike Fulcher: (301) 619-2343, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Please include a resume or C.V.
Submit to Dr. Mike Fulcher: [email protected]