A research opportunity is available with the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Eastern Regional Research Center, Biobased and Other Animal Co-Products Research Unit in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
The Eastern Regional Research Center is home to the Nation’s leading scientists and engineers in agriculture solving problems facing the U.S. today and for tomorrow with fundamental, applied, and developmental research on agricultural commodities including milk, meat, poultry, hides, leather, wool, fats, oils, rendered protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, energy crops, and juices.
The Biobased and Other Animal Co-Products Research Unit is primarily engaged in developing bio-based flocculants. Flocculants are substances that aid in purifying water by causing contaminants to agglomerate and settle. Many commercial flocculants are fossil-fuel based polymers. The flocculants being developed are made from by-products of the meat industry, specifically blood and rendered protein. The group is focused on three types of problems:
- developing inexpensive processes for transforming the raw material into the product
- improving the performance of the product
- adapting the technology to meet the needs of different types of end-users
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in one or more of the following: improving flocculant performance through chemical or physical modifications to flocculant protein, characterizing the interactions between flocculants and target contaminants, examining options for industrial production of flocculants, or evaluating the potential and adapting technology of flocculant for particular kinds of end-users. Within certain constraints, the participant will have considerable freedom to determine how the project goals will be achieved.
The research is primarily laboratory based, but pilot plant experiments are also conducted.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed for an additional year upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at ARS in the Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania area. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
Annual Stipend: $66,110
Health Insurance Supplement: $5,679
Relocation Allowance: $1,500
Travel (most likely conference participation): $1,800
This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details at https://orise.orau.gov/usda-ars/current-participants/guidelines-non-us.html for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
For more information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit https://orise.orau.gov/usda-ars/
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 2019