Director National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

The incumbent serves as the Director of the USDA National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) at Manhattan, KS. The NBAF is located in the Plains Area of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The mission of the NBAF is to serve as a state-of-the-art biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten the U.S. animal agriculture and public health; and provide and strengthen our nation with critical capabilities to conduct research, develop vaccines and other countermeasures, diagnose and train veterinarians and other professionals in preparedness and response against these diseases. The NBAF science programs are carried out by ARS and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). For the past 50 years, the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) has served our nation as the primary facility to conduct this work. However, PIADC is nearing the end of its life-cycle and needs to be replaced in order to meet U.S. scientific requirements and ensure the timely development of countermeasures in the event of an outbreak. NBAF meets that need and will serve as a replacement for the PIADC facility. Strategically, NBAF will contain new and expanded capabilities, specifically, large animal biosafety level 4 (ABSL-4) containment for the study of high-consequence diseases affecting large livestock. The Director provides leadership and operational accountability for the NBAF to facilitate USDA functions including research (ARS) and diagnostic programs (APHIS). The Director interfaces directly with USDA-APHIS leadership, Dept. of Homeland Security Science & Technology leadership, other Federal agencies, land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions in planning, coordinating, evaluating and implementing programs for animal health research needs.

For more information including salary and requirements please visit:

Closing date: 3/26/2019