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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Dairy Forage Research Center located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn real-world laboratory techniques involving molecular biology, microbiology and cell-culture with the aim of developing an understanding of how stress, nutrition, and other factors, affect the innate immune response in rainbow trout cell-lines and rainbow trout.

During this research opportunity, the participant will learn the following:
  • good laboratory procedures for a molecular biology environment
  • nucleic acid extracting and quantification
  • cDNA production
  • quantitative real-time PCR
  • protein assays
  • animal cell-culture techniques
  • experience with handling animals and animal care

This opportunity will expose the participant to a research laboratory and will, thusly, learn how to apply their knowledge, skills and abilities to a real life sciences laboratory environment.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website.

The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology or Physiology.

Candidates that live within the local commuting distance (~20 minutes from the appointment location) are preferred.

Preferred skills:
  • Basic understanding of safe laboratory techniques
  • Knowledge of molecular biology and microbiology
  • Ability to make routine laboratory calculations
  • Ability to work with spreadsheets
  • Strong organizational and computer skills

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity (USDA-ARS-2020-0011) in your email.