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Gene Ferrick <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:26:17 -0400
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Subject: Summer internship at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

A part-time Biological Science Aid position is available at U.S. Department
of Agricultural (USDA)-
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center,
Genetic Improvement for
Fruits and Vegetables Lab in Beltsville, MD (10 minutes from College Park).
U.S. citizenship is
required. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
12/31/1959. Rising
sophomores and above can be hired at the GS-2 level ($13.88/hr). Rising
juniors and seniors with
least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses
such as biology,
chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics,
agriculture, or mathematics,
can be hired at a GS-3 level ($15.14/hr).

The project involves the study of multiple economically important diseases of
potato. We exploit
modern molecular biology and biotechnology tools to understand the molecular
mechanisms of
microbial pathogens and develop novel disease control strategies including
genetic control, chemical
control, and biological control. Some of the laboratory techniques that will
be employed as part of
the project are gDNA and RNA extraction, molecular cloning, PCR, RT-PCR,
bacterial transformation,
sterile technique, microbial transfers, gene analysis, and plant tissue

Must be willing to commit to a minimum of 15 hours/week from late May through
August. The
position may transition into a 10-15hour/week research position during Fall

E-mail Dr. Christopher Clarke ([log in to unmask]) with your resume,
available work hours,
and contact information for references. Candidate selection will proceed
within a week of job

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

Contact Person: Christopher Clarke
Contact Email: [log in to unmask]

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