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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Careers at BFGL

What do you need to work at BFGL?

BFGL employs Research Molecular Biologists, Research Animal Scientists, Research Physiologists, Research Geneticists, and Microbiologists. BFGL scientists have advanced degrees in Animal Science, Molecular Biology, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Animal Physiology. BFGL's support staff includes Animal Scientists, Boilogists, Biological Technicians, and office staff.

To be a geneticist, earn a bachelor's degree in animal science, biochemistry, agronomy, plant science, horticulture, poultry science, dairy science, forestry, or fisheries and wildlife. Genetics draws heavily from mathematics, biology, statistics, biochemistry, microbiology, and chemistry, so those courses are important. Graduate degrees can lead you to more sophisticated research and development positions. In high school take as many courses in math, science, and English as possible. Also, take courses in computer science and communications.


Current Job Openings at BFGL:


We often have postdoctoral research positions open in the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL) at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, Maryland. Some post docs will also work closely with the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL), the group responsible for maintaining the US national dairy database and performing routine genetic evaluations.

Starting salary ranges from approximately $55,000 to $60,000 per year for an initial period of two years.

BFGL is equipped with the latest technology, including Illumina GAIIX, cBOT, MiSEQ, and HiSeq2000 next generation sequence analysis instruments, an Illumina iScan for SNP genotyping and gene expression profiling analyses, a Tecan robotic workstation, a CoVaris S2 ultrasonicator for DNA shearing, Nanodrop spectrophotometers, Agilent Bioanalyzers, an Invitrogen Qubit fluorometer, a Leica AS LMD laser microdissecting microscope, a fluorescence-activated cell sorter, a Li-Cor imaging system for western blots, and extensive computational infrastructure and bioinformatic assistance.  We also have various other istrumentation including microscopes, centrifuges, PCR machines, slide staining equipment, electrophoresis equipment, and cell culture incubators. See for more information about BFGL and and for information about AIPL.

Career Opportunities

The links below are to current ARS job openings listed at the official job site of the US Federal Government, USAJOBS.

ARS openings in Beltsville, MD
ARS openings in Maryland
ARS openings nationwide

* Note: the links above are to "Only Jobs Open to ALL U.S. Citizens" so if you are a current or former federal employee, be sure to select "ALL Jobs" to refine your search at the USAJOBS site.

Last Modified: 2/4/2013