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Bacterial Pathogenesis

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (for the USDA), Ames, Iowa

We are looking for an outstanding scientist who is proactive, independent and motivated to use computational and microbiological methods to solve complex biological problems.

Current research projects include identifying virulence factors and evaluating the molecular mechanisms used by respiratory bacterial pathogens, such as Bordetella bronchiseptica, Haemophilus parasuis, and Streptococcus suis, to colonize and cause disease in their natural host. The selected applicant’s main activities will include genetic modification of bacterial strains, performing biofilm assays, measuring swine immune responses, analyzing RNA and DNA sequencing data to identify genetic elements of diversity that contribute to disease outcomes, and evaluating pathogenesis using molecular tools both in cell culture and in swine infection studies.

National Animal Disease Center (NADC) is the premier research institute within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for studying diseases of large animals, and is located in Ames Iowa.  At the NADC, scientists are able to investigate microbe-host interactions from every perspective—molecular, microbe, and natural host.

 Ames, home of Iowa State University, was recently ranked ninth on’s "Best Places to Live" list.

For more information about the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website:


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctoral degree in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology or equivalent degree, within five years of the desired starting date. Relevant fields include microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and infectious diseases.

For more details and to apply, please see the following link:

Employer Name:

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Position Location:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Animal Disease Center (NADC), Virus and Prion Research Unit (VPRU) in Ames, Iowa.

ORISE is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. ORISE and USDA/ARS are Equal Opportunity Employers.