USDA Agricultural Research Service

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USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose mission is finding solutions to agricultural problems of high national importance. The Pathways Student Internship Program provides students with a meaningful paid work experience in a Federal agency will still in school. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are enrolled and seeking a degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. This appointment is not to exceed September 30, 2017 and may be extended in increments not-to-exceed 1 year or less for up to 8 years in total, as long as the student remains eligible for the program. Upon successful completion of the internship program, students MAY be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position; however, conversion eligibility is not an entitlement of the Student Internship Program. The Agricultural Research Service advertises student internship positions on USAJOBS throughout the year as part of our overall recruitment strategy. Please visit USAJOBS for additional internship opportunities. Duties As a trainee, you will receive formal training and work assignments selected to orient you to accomplish the below duties. Typical, but not all-inclusive, the duties include the following: Receives and logs requests for personnel actions in automated tracking system. Responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of the SF-52 Tracking Report. Follows up with appropriate specialist on the status of actions on the Tracking Report and ensures that completion dates are keyed into the system. Responds to requests for status of actions from the serviced organization. Keys data into the position management system to add, inactivate, change, or abolish positions. Works with the Human Resources Specialist to make necessary corrections. Processes the full range of personnel transactions in accordance with OPM Guide to Processing Personnel Actions. Inputs a variety of payroll/personnel forms into the system. Monitors the input to ensure the data was accepted by the system and takes corrective action to update the system as necessary. Codes and prepares SF-52's for processing. Assigns the appropriate nature of action and authority codes, remarks, and effective dates. Ensures that information provided on SF-52 (e.g. name, social security number, position title, position number, etc.) is accurate. Enters actions into the USDA Payroll/Personnel System via EmpowHR. Researches errors in data entry to dete1mine whether corrections should be processed manually and in the EmpowHR or PMSO System, and makes corrections to ensure that the personnel action is accepted in the system. Travel Required Not Required Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Saranac, MI
Job Overview Summary You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team! USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. The program lasts for 1 year and includes: Orientation program Mentorship throughout the program. Individual Development Plan to create and track Recent Graduates' career planning, professional development, and training activities. At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the program. Opportunity for career advancement Upon successful completion of program requirements, the incumbent may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional position. The Livestock, Poultry, and Seed (LPS) Program is responsible for formulating and administering policies for marketing services and regulatory activities related to commodity grading and certification for meat, eggs, and poultry; purchase specifications and requirements for meat, eggs, poultry, and fish procured for Federal food and nutrition programs; market news reporting for livestock, meat, eggs, poultry, wool, and grain products; standardization services for wool, mohair, livestock, meat, eggs, poultry and related products; monitoring and analyzing scientific research and information for their applicability to the programs administered by the LPS Program; and administering the country of origin labeling statute. Salary Information: First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected. Duties The duties described are for the full performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:Acts as officially designated contact and maintains relations with plant management and employees explaining decisions, obtaining corrections in sanitation, processing, or storage conditions; explaining grading program activities; and coordinating the grading/inspection activities with plant activities. May examine product to determine conformance with approved contract specifications, such as; grade, weight, packaging and packing, and quantity for various types of contracts. Prepares and issues certificates as required. Monitors the plant and processing operations to assure that the plant remains in compliance with regulations with respect to operating procedures and, in shell egg plants, to assure that facilities and equipment are maintained in a sanitary condition. May perform audits or reviews to assure compliance with the Child Nutrition labeling program, Alternative Reprocessing Program (ARC), or a customer developed Performance-Based Grading Program. In shell egg plants, assures only approved chemicals, insecticides, and rodenticides are used; the product is labeled only with approved labels; and inedible product is appropriately identified and controlled. Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records related to work such as plant production data, grading results, certificates issued and administrative information Grades whole turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry, and/or other parts, considering such factors as class, fleshing, finish, freedom from defects, age, weight, and other conditions. Applies the official standards and regulations to determine the product's grade based upon grading results. May perform destination examinations of poultry products. Travel Required Occasional Travel Travel may be required Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Peoria, IL
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. The Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit is looking for a Research Molecular Biologist or a Research Plant Pathologist to provide research support. The assignment is to use molecular and genetic approaches to develop natural and synthetice meiotic drive elements that will reduce mycotoxin production in populations of Fusarium. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm This is an Excepted Service , time limited appointment with an initial duration of two years. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR DECEMBER 27, 2017.** Duties The incumbent will conduct research on the development of alternative control strategies for the reduction of mycotoxin contamination of maize. Research will involve developing a natural meiotic drive element called Spore Killer in Fusarium verticillioides, a common pathogen of maize, and a synthetic meiotic drive element based on CAS9, that will minimize mycotoxin synthesis in a population of the fungus. Travel Required Occasional Travel To attend meetings and conferences Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Parlier, CA
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research Unit located in Parlier, CA is seeking a temporary, full time, Research Associate. The mission of the Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research Unit is to conduct basic and applied research on grapevine, almonds, stone fruit, and citrus to 1) reduce losses caused by plant pathogens and insect pests, and 2) improve fruit quality, horticultural characteristics and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. U.S. citizens, permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements and non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR 12/11/2017* **This is a temporary appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 years** Duties The incumbent will be responsible for molecular and genetic characterization of interactions of the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa with grape and other host plants relating to over-winter survival of the pathogen. The incumbent will participate in planning, executing, evaluating and reporting research activities involving molecular and functional biology of X. fastidiosa in the context of pathogen interactions with the host and the environment. Research goals include 1) elucidation of cold response in X. fastidiosa, 2) evaluation of cultivar differences affecting the over-winter survival of X. fastidiosa , and 3) investigation of virulence mechanisms of X. fastidiosa in grape and other host plants. Travel Required Occasional Travel 3 - 5 nights or more per year Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Manhattan, KS
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. The incumbent is a Research Agricultural Engineer in the Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research Unit, within the United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Services Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, located in Manhattan, Kansas. The units objectives are to develop methods to quantify grain attributes that impact quality and can enhance productivity. The incumbent is responsible for formulating and conducting both basic and applied engineering research that will achieve this. U.S. citizens, permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements and non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR UNTIL TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2017** This position is temporary and has a Not-to-Exceed date of 2 years from the first day of employment. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. Duties The incumbent is responsible for experimental and practical aspects of planning and conducting research activities within the assigned area. The incumbent will develop instruments and procedures to rapidly and non-destructively detect/measure single kernel grain attributes such as haploid seeds and composition for use in breeding programs, or methods to detect insect damaged kernels. Research objectives will result in new knowledge that is useful for screening poor quality grain from the market and advancing the breeding efficiency of grains. The incumbent will conduct research on the development of instrumented techniques for cereal grain analysis. Research will focus on whole grain and single kernels with the purpose of selecting grain traits for breeding purposes based on composition, defects or other quality attributes. Sensing methods may include the use of UV, visible and near infrared spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, or imaging. Team supported integration of novel hardware and sensors, electro-mechanical and software systems may be required. Responsibilities will also include manuscript preparation. Travel Required Occasional Travel Occasional travel offsite and to other USDA/ARS facilities in order to complete work assignments Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Lincoln, NE
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientists research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. This is a temporary appointment not to exceed 2 years. The position may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition. U.S. citizens, permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements and non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR December 18, 2017** This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements. Duties The incumbent will be assigned to study genetics of virus resistance in switchgrass cultivars. Responsible for dissecting the mechanisms of switchgrass cultivars resistance to Panicum mosaic virus, Satellite panicum mosaic virus and Switchgrass mosaic virus using a variety of genetics, genomics, reverse genetics and biochemical approaches. Conduct research in cooperation with members of an interdisciplinary research team of plant molecular biologists, a geneticist, an agronomist, and a plant virologist. Travel Required Occasional Travel Travel will be required to attend professional conferences and meetings. Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Geneva, NY
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. The Grape Genetics Research Unit is looking for a Research Molecular Biologist or Research Geneticist (Plants) to provide research support. The incumbent is to conduct research on the genomics and molecular genetics of grapevine resistance to powdery mildew. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR MAY 26, 2017** **This is an Excepted Service, time limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years*** Duties The incumbent will apply modern genetic and genomic tools and cellular phenotypic analysis to functionally characterize candidate resistance genes for grapevine powdery mildew in stable transformants of grapevine and Arabidopsis. Methods will include molecular genetic and genomic analysis of gene integration and expression, genetic or pharmaceutical characterization of mechanisms, and quantitative microscopy following controlled inoculation with the pathogen. The incumbent will leverage existing genetic and genomic resources to make rapid progress. Travel Required Occasional Travel For meetings and conferences Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service El Reno, OK
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm The initial appointment will be for 2 years with a possible extension up to 4 years. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR November 17, 2017** Duties The incumbent will conduct cooperative and independent research, specifically measure beef cattle genomic x environment interactions using intake, performance, nutrient-use efficiency. In addition, rumen microbiota studies will be used to help correlate nutrient-use efficiency and rumen methane production from beef cattle grazing systems composed of native prairie, improved grasslands, winter wheat, or novel grasses and legumes. Technologies must be developed or adapted by the incumbent and corroborated in collaboration with scientists conducting research on forage and animal efficiency. Travel Required Occasional Travel For Research Meeting Planning and Professional Meeting Attendance. Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. The Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory is seeking a research associate to conduct research to understand how pathogens are disseminated on farms, in the environment, and to food products, and to develop methods to detect, characterize, and mitigate contamination to prevent food-borne illnesses. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm This is an excepted service, time limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years. The position may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR JANUARY 10, 2018** Duties The incumbent is responsible for conducting research to evaluate major factors that influence pathogen survival, growth, and inactivation during the growing, post harvest handling, shipping and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, and for developing control measures that limit pathogen proliferation in the supply chain. The incumbent will independently design and conduct studies involving human pathogens and various fresh produce food processing equipment and disseminate research findings to stakeholders via peer-reviewed publications, trade journals, and project reports. Travel Required Occasional Travel Attend meetings and conferences Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (ARS) provides the American public with an exceptionally talented, highly inderdisciplinary scientific community in the USDA's largest scientific installation, and leverage these resources to envision, create, and improve knowledge and technologies that enhance the capacity of the nation and the world to provide its people with healthy crops and animals; clean and renewable natural resources; sustainable agricultural systems; and agricultural commodities and products that are abundant, high-quality, and safe. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm This is an Excepted Service, time limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR (August 3,2017)** Duties The incumbent will design, build, and test a high speed imaging system that will permit simultaneous viewing at multiple angles of wheat kernels falling in air and determine size, shape, color, and surface texture in real time. This information will be used to assess the soundness of cereal grains for inspection operations directed toward improving food quality and food safety. Custom digital and analog instrumentation, mechanical design, and image processing and statistical analysis will be used in the design through implementation stages. Travel Required Occasional Travel For meetings and conferences Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Plant Gene Expression Center located in Albany, California is seeking a temporary, full time, Research Associate. The mission of this Center is to improve plant germplasm through increased knowledge of gene function during plant growth and development and in response to the environment. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR 12/11/2017** **This is a temporary appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 years** Duties The incumbent will conduct molecular biology experiments with an emphasis on metabolomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics in plant microbial communities. Other responsibilities include growing plants and controlled conditions, and for growth of microbial isolates for co-culturing experiments. The incumbent will also design and conduct research and report on progress at local and national meetings and through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Travel Required Occasional Travel Possibility of 3 - 5 nights per year Relocation Authorized No
USDA Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA
Job Overview Summary Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. The Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research Unit located in Albany, CA is seeking a Research Molecular Biologist (Research Associate). This is a full time, temporary appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 years. The mission of this Unit is to conduct research to enhance food safety and biosecurity by developing new methods for analysis of toxins and bacteria in foods, and new strategies to reduce or eliminate mycotoxin contamination of agricultural commodities (especially tree nuts and figs). We validate these technologies and transfer knowledge to the scientific community, the food industry, and regulatory agencies responsible for the safety of the U.S. food supply. ** This is a temporary appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 years, with possible extension of 2 additional years ** The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR 01/15/2018** Duties The incumbent will clone and sequence selected mouse anti-Shiga toxin monoclonal antibodies and graft selected CDRs onto the most similar human IgG germline framework. Phage display mutant libraries will be created using the top CDR-grafted murine-human chimeric scFv as the parental antibodies through Kunkel-like mutagenesis approach for affinity maturation. Mutants with highest affinity will be cloned into appropriate expression vectors containing human IgG constant regions for production of full size human IgGs in mammalian cells. The binding affinity, prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy of the humanized antibodies will be evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Travel Required Occasional Travel 2 - 3 overnight trips per year Relocation Authorized Yes Relocation expenses may be authorized, this will be determined at the time of selection.