Research Associate (Post Doc) - Molecular Diagnostics of Honey Bee Pathogens

University of Maryland
College Park, MD
United States

A national survey of honey bee pests and diseases (NHBS) has been funded yearly since 2009 by the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The survey attempts to document which diseases, parasites or pests are present and/or likely absent in the U.S. Coordination of this survey is in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Pettis with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Lab (BRL) and Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp with the University of Maryland.

The Post Doc will work for a majority of their time at the BRL maintaining and improving a high through-put molecular diagnostic lab for honey bee diseases, mainly viruses (30%) and work closely with University of Maryland personnel to publish and report on the results. The remaining time will include participating in research projects, compiling and analyzing data and writing scientific papers (70%). Experience working with bees is useful but not required.


  • Processing and analysis of bee samples using qRT-PCR
  • Standardize and validate new quantitative molecular methods for honey bee pathogens
  • Assist in design and implementation of relevant research projects
  • Perform focused research projects on honey bee health


  • PhD degree in Microbiology, Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Molecular Biology or related field.
  • > 2 years’ experience in genomics or molecular diagnostics
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and meticulous in details
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, manage multiple projects concurrently and prioritize daily tasks
  • Superb written and oral communication skills


Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with experience (health, vacation, retirement benefits included)



Interested applicants should send electronic a cover letter, Curriculum vitae, and 3 references to:

Karen Rennich
Department of Entomology
4112 Plant Sciences Bldg.
University of Maryland College Park
MD 20742-4454

Phone: 443.600.5229

Or email them to Karen Rennich at:

Applications received before June 23rd will receive priority, but the position will remain open until filled. We anticipate the successful applicant will start in early August 2014.

Karen Rennich
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