*Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) located in Geneva, New York.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
ARS Geneva has two management units and both are located at the AgriTech Campus of Cornell University. One is the Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU) and the other is the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU). The mission of GGRU is the advancement of grape production through interdisciplinary research, breeding, and technology transfer. The goals of the program are to reduce losses to crop yield and quality that result from diseases, pests, and abiotic stress and improve grape and grape product quality and utilization. PGRU has two missions. One is to preserve, document, characterize, and distribute the genetic resources of industrial hemp, cold-hardy grapes, tart cherries and selected vegetables and the other mission is to develop apple rootstocks for apple improvement.
Research Project: This project will contribute to gene editing and genomic research of grapevines and industrial hemp. Specifically, the participant will conduct experiments of gene cloning, vector construction, tissue culture and transformation, and other gene-editing related efforts for modifying traits of interest through a transgenic and/or nontransgenic approach.
Learning Objectives: The participant will have opportunities to interact with ARS Geneva and Cornell University scientists in the location and gain contemporary research knowledge and skills in genetics and genomics, especially in the area of developing and applying gene editing tools for trait improvement in grapevines and/or industrial hemp.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Gan-Yuan Zhong (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.