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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

We are currently hiring! See below.




Education and background for employment


The FCR Unit's current research focuses on biology and biochemistry. Typical areas of specialization include microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, protein chemistry, and immunochemistry. Research Scientists have a PhD in one of these fields. Technicians have master or bachelor level college diplomas. We also employ full-time and part-time animal handlers and clerical staff. And we often hire students, especially for part-time work, summer jobs, and internships.


Posted job opportunities list specific qualifications. These are directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the respective job. Applicants should pay close attention to these factors, and application cover letters and resumes should directly support each qualification. Also please clearly indicate citizenship status.


Like all US Federal agencies, we are an Equal Opportunity employer (see details below). We may hire only US citizens for most permanent positions. For temporary positions, including students and post-docs, other citizenship requirements apply. Also background checks are required for most of our jobs.



Employment opportunities


currently open:


Research Molecular Biologist (post-doctoral), GS-0401-11/12, open now through 30DEC2011 or until filled. This job will involve making new monoclonal antibodies for detection of a variety of foodborne pathogens, and cloning and expression of immunoglobulin genes. The position includes cell culture and immunochemistry, as well as some rodent work. For details and application instructions, please click here, or search for Job Vacancy Announcement RA-11-044-L on the usajobs website. You may also directly contact the hiring manager, Larry Stanker, for information.


opening soon:


Biological Science Laboratory Technician, GS-0401-9, opening estimated MAR2012. Molecular biology and immunochemistry supporting toxin assay development.


Biological Science Laboratory Technician, GS-0401-9, opening estimated MAR2012. Small Animal Facility Manager.


Research Biologist (post-doctoral), GS-0401-11/12, opening estimated MAR2012. Cell biology and neurobiology for botulinum neurotoxin detection.



Check back here occasionally for additional job announcements and to track vacancies as they are officially opened, announced, and advertised.



Location, Location, Location


The San Francisco Bay Area of California is a lovely place to live and work.

And the town of Albany is especially nice, with nearby UC Berkeley and the city of Berkeley.


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ARS Careers


ARS is the principal in-house research agency within the US Department of Agriculture, with over 100 research locations throughout the United States and in several other countries. To learn more about careers with other ARS research locations, visit the ARS Careers website:


You can also learn more about careers with all Federal agencies by using the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS website:


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Last Modified: 7/31/2013