Postdoctoral Research Associate


A post-doctoral scientist position is available in the Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory (ABBL) at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD. As antimicrobial resistance becomes a more significant problem worldwide, the USDA is actively investigating alternative to antibiotics in swine that promote growth performance and disease resistance. The participant will be part of a multi-disciplinary team (microbiology, immunology, physiology, and bioinformatics) to identify and develop alternatives to antimicrobials. The participant's specific project will involve the application of machine learning models to microbiome datasets with the end goal of identifying biomarkers associated with improved swine growth. $66,214.00 - $70,628.00 (Yearly Salary). This position will be jointly advised by Dr. Cary Pirone Davies and Dr. Katie Summers.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in a relevant field or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by the end of December 2022. Relevant fields include biology, genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, computational biology, or other related discipline. Candidate should have a publication record demonstrating computational expertise and be proficient in either R or python. Preference will be given towards those with prior machine learning experience.

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references by email to:
Dr. Cary Pirone Davies, PhD
Research Biologist (Computational)
Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory, BARC, USDA
10300 Baltimore Avenue, Building 307, Room 309
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 617-390-3944


Cary Pirone Davies