USDA Agricultural Research Service

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USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD, USA
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of the government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution. Position Level 2 This position is designed as a SES, Career-Reserved. USDA structures its SES positions into position levels. This is a position level two with a salary range of $165,716- $176,359 per year. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances. SES employees are also eligible to receive bonuses and performance-based awards. Visit http://www.opm.gov/ses/ for additional information and benefits for SES employees. If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply; forest and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, then the USDA is for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision and guiding principles, please visit http://www.usda.gov. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal in-house research agency of USDA. ARS is charged with extending the Nations scientific knowledge with programs in agriculture, human nutrition, food safety, natural resources, the environment, library and information services, and other topics. The Office of National Programs (ONP) provides national scientific and technical leadership for program planning, coordination, review, and evaluation for ARS research programs. ONP activities ensure the proper interaction, balance, and distribution of research within ARS by providing primary leadership for the National Programs. The National Program Staff operates as a single staff headed by the Associate Administrator, National Programs, and is subdivided into four major program areas, each led by a Deputy Administrator. The program areas are Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality (NFSQ); Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (NRSAS); Animal Production and Protection (APP); and Crop Production and Protection (CPP). The Deputy Administrators serve as a part of the ONP leadership team and help to develop the vision for the Agencys research portfolio. The incumbent serves as Deputy Administrator, NRSAS. As such, serves as the principal ONP lead in planning and managing ARS National Research Programs related to natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems. The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, is accountable to the Associate Administrator, NPs, for planning, setting priorities, allocating resources, and evaluating research programs. The Administrator delegates the necessary authority to the Associate Administrator, ONP, and Deputy Administrators to fulfill these responsibilities. ONP Deputy Administrators, working with assigned National Program Leaders, support the Associate Administrator, ONP, in carrying out many of these responsibilities. ONP selects research programs to be implemented and recommends allocation of agency resources accordingly. This includes distribution of base funds and program increases to Research Units. The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, is responsible for and provides overall leadership and direction to the natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems group in: National Planning and Coordination. Through the activities of NPS, the Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, develops and periodically updates the strategic and implementation plans necessary for management of ARS activities. In so doing, the incumbent assures that these plans reflect the Administrators priorities and congressional and Executive directives. These plans also assure coordination of research across ARS Areas. Other items that are accounted for in the planning activities include: the activities and programs of other research performers outside of ARS; the research needs of customers, stakeholders, and partners including farmers, ranchers, agribusiness, other State and Federal agencies, and consumers; the most efficient use of physical and financial resources available; program review and evaluation of progress toward achieving National Program objectives; and that ARS is most effectively applying its expertise to critical, high priority, broad regional, national, and international problems. Determination of Program Content. Through the National Programs, the Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, assures that the ARS program for natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems is: consistent in content with national research policy; properly balanced in its efforts between fundamental and applied approaches as needed to attain program objectives; not duplicating the research of other research performers where not appropriate; making efficient use of ARS interdisciplinary research capabilities; research leads to the widest spectrum of benefits; and concentration on problems of regional, national, and international scope and importance. Establishment of Research Priorities. The Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, has the responsibility for developing the ARS Strategic Plan and the derived budgets relative to the natural resources and sustainable agricultural systems research programs. He/she is responsible that the Strategic Plan priorities reflect the Department goals. Through the activities of the ONP, the Deputy Administrator, NRSAS, assures that the Plans priorities reflect: planning, articulation, and evaluation of the National Programs; consistency with the objectives and goals as identified by customers, stakeholders, ARS scientists and staff, Federal agencies, and the general scientific community; potential benefits of the research; capabilities and capacity of ARS scientists and resources; probability of success; cost of doing the research; and the research conducted by other agricultural research performers.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Maricopa, AZ, USA
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 Plant Physiology and Genetic Research Unit is currently seeking a temporary, full time, Research Geneticist (Research Associate) Not to Exceed 13 months. The mission of this Unit is to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture in arid environments by developing new germplasm for both traditional and alternative crops and by improving plant responses to abiotic stresses and to changes in the global environment. Emphasis is placed on wheat, cotton, and oilseed crops used for food, fiber, and biofuels, respectively, and new crops such as guayule for production of natural rubber. Position may be extended up to a total of 4 years. 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 09/04/2018** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbent will conduct research to identify genes and alleles associated with biofuel production in camelina under stress conditions, with a primary goal to elucidate their functions in plant lipid synthetic pathways, discovering gene/alleles for abiotic stress tolerance, oil seed composition, and yield in camelina using genome-wide associate study (GWAS), and identifying molecular markers for marker-assisted selection. The incumbent is expected to conduct marker discovery and genotyping in the lab, develop and conduct high-throughput phenotyping approaches for the traits of interest in the greenhouse and/or field, data collection protocols and developing big data processing scripts. The incumbent is expected to interpret data, and publish the results in scientific journals.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Ames, IA, USA
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. AISES, or American Indian Science and Engineering Society, is a great source of high quality, early career scientists. The AISES National conference has become the premier event for American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and professionals. USDA and ARS are strong supporters of the conference and are announcing Pathways Intern positions to coincide with the AISES annual conference in Denver, CO (September 21-23). Interested candidates can apply to these Intern position with Not to Exceed (NTE) dates via USAJOBS. The Agricultural Research Service advertises student internship positions on USAJOBS throughout the year as part of our overall recruitment strategy. 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. 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. This appointment is Not To Exceed 1 Year 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. PLEASE NOTE: These positions will be filled at the GS-01, GS-02, GS-03 or GS-04 levels. There is no promotion potential beyond the grade level for which you may be selected. Salary listed in this announcement is a basic rate of pay. Locality pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position. Work schedules are both part time and full time. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities As a trainee, you will perform duties in support of the mission of the unit assigned. Typical, but not all inclusive, duties include the following: Performs miscellaneous clerical duties such as receiving, reviewing, and verifying documents; maintaining office records; locating information from files; answering and referring telephone calls; filing material; opening and distributing mail; copying materials; and performing similar support work in the assigned organization Uses office automation equipment and software to type, edit, and create a variety of standard documents in accordance with established procedures. Documents may include some scientific/administrative terminology and/or statistical data. Types final, error-free documents, ensuring correct punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and grammar. Receives incoming telephone calls and visitors and refers them to appropriate staff members. Provides routine information relating to clerical and administrative functions and programs of the office. Prepares and types travel authorizations, vouchers, and other standard office forms. Fills in for office secretary or other clerical employees during periods of absence. May maintain office bulletin boards, ensuring material is current and posted. Maintains reports and databases by extracting and recording information and inputting new information as appropriate. Checks data for completeness, validity, and consistency; corrects erroneous data. As primary or alternate/backup timekeeper, prepares and transmits Time and Attendance records for office staff. Revises and/or updates existing programs per instructions. Provides troubleshooting of systems. Assists with the troubleshooting and maintenance of computer related communications services using the Internet and World-Wide Web based resource systems and databases.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD, USA
This National Program Leader (NPL) position is located in the Office of National Programs (ONP). ONP sets research priorities for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and develops, for the Administrator, options and recommendations for resource allocations. In this position, you will provide national and international leadership to coordinate agricultural research programs relating to diseases of agronomic and horticultural crops. Leveraging cutting edge technologies, you will work with top scientists to direct research aimed at providing high impact solutions to challenges in plant health. You will partner and interface with other government agencies as a technical expert on a wide variety of biosecurity issues involving plant pathogens, including Select Agents and other plant pathogens of national and global importance. Key characteristics of a successful NPL include having excellent scientific credentials from a personal research program, having a broad vision for research now and in the future, being a team player as both leader and member in high level teams, and having excellent people and communication skills. This position is conveniently located off the Capital Beltway at the George Washington Carver Center (GWCC) in Beltsville, MD. The GWCC offers free-on-site parking and a free shuttle service to nearby Greenbelt Metro station. If you utilize public transportation to commute, you may be eligible for our commuter subsidy program. At ARS, we offer a range of family friendly flexibilities, including flexible work schedules, telework options, and on-site child day care, to name a few. Depending on your years of employment, you will accumulate vacation (13-26 days per year) and sick leave (13 days per year). Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model, offering choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. You can pay your share of premiums and out of pocket costs with pre-tax dollars. For retirement, ARS has the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), consisting of three components: Social Security benefits, a basic annuity plan, and the tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the basic annuity plan. ARS makes an automatic 1% of salary contribution to your TSP, and will match your TSP contributions up to a total of 5% of salary. You are making a great choice when you choose a career with ARS! Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provides technical leadership and guidance in the area of plant health. Coordinates national scientific research programs in the area of plant diseases and health. Serves as the spokesperson for the Agency on matters related to plant health, nationally and globally. Provides oversight and direction for national research in plant health. Responsible for fiscal planning and providing input on budget initiatives for funding high priority research areas. Sets goals and objectives for research projects and participates in the strategic planning process. Manages and coordinates team-based, multidisciplinary research programs. Develops National Research Programs, evaluates programs, reviews progress of research, interprets and documents research outcomes and impacts, and develops research initiatives. Serves as a scientific reviewer and/or provides oversight for various committees involved with Federal, State, and or local research. Speaks for the Agency through informal conversation and formal gatherings. Serves on advisory boards and scientific working groups for government agencies and non-governmental organizations, universities, and industry. Works as a leader and team member of high level teams across all programs in ARS.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Salinas, CA, USA
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 July 27, 2018 ** This position is temporary and has an initial Not-to-Exceed date of 13 months. However, an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition up to a total of 4 years. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbent will conduct research to identify and characterize the mechanisms, genes, QTL, molecular markers, and traits underlying abiotic (heat, cold, drought, and salt) stress tolerance in lettuce for adaptation to climate change. The incumbent will conduct QTL mapping and study the gene expression and inheritance of stress tolerance traits. As well as incorporate the beneficial traits into new lettuce cultivars. The incumbent will adapt, modify or develop new methods, techniques and/or tools to satisfy the needs of the research.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Parlier, CA 93648, USA
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** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities 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.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Ames, IA, USA
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 while still in school. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Salary listed in this announcement is a basic rate of pay. Locality pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position. PLEASE NOTE: These positions will be filled at the GS-05, GS-06, or GS-07 levels. There is no promotion potential beyond the grade level for which you may be selected. This appointment is not-to-exceed 1 year and may be extended 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. American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) annual conference will be held in Denver, CO, September 21-23, 2017. The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development. Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. Interested candidates can apply to these Intern positions with NTE dates via USAJOBS. The ARS advertises student internship positions on USAJOBS throughout the year as part of our overall recruitment strategy. ** These positions are covered by Bargaining Units** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties: As a trainee, you will perform duties to orient you to the mission of the unit assigned. Typically, you will assist in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of technical duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, common to the assigned area of work. Additionally, duties may include any of the following: Maintaining, calibrating and modifying equipment and automated systems used for test and evaluation procedures; Collecting, preparing, evaluating and verifying samples and supporting records; maintaining records and locating and compiling data and other information from various sources; Keeping detailed records of experimental data. Tabulating, statistically analyzing and summarizing data using personal computers and software packages; Maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposing of waste material (both chemical and biological); and keeping work-site in a neat and orderly manner.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Ames, IA, USA
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 while still in school. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Salary listed in this announcement is a basic rate of pay. Locality pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position. PLEASE NOTE: These positions will be filled at the GS-01, GS-02, GS-03 or GS-04 levels. There is no promotion potential beyond the grade level for which you may be selected. This appointment is not-to-exceed 1 year and may be extended 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. American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) annual conference will be held in Denver, CO, September 21-23, 2017. The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development. Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. Interested candidates can apply to these Intern positions with NTE dates via USAJOBS. The ARS advertises student internship position on USAJobs throughout the year as part of our overall recruitment stategy. **These are Bargaining Unit positions. *This vacancy announcement is an amendment of ARS-PATH-17-AISES-0074. Candidates who applied under ARS-PATH-17-AISES-0074 must apply to this announcement to receive consideration.* Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties: As a trainee, you will perform duties that orient you to the mission of the unit assigned. You will assist and/or received training in performing routine duties in support of research projects. Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following in a laboratory, shop or field setting: Laboratory - preparing routine media and solutions, by weighing and measuring constituents according to established methods; using common laboratory equipment and apparatus such as autoclaves, centrifuges and homogenizers; preparing labels for specimens; maintaining work area in a neat and orderly manner. Field - performing tasks incidental to the research project; assisting in plot preparation and maintenance, plant harvesting and sample preparation and maintenance, as well as sample and seed sorting, or processing for analysis and storage; may perform such duties as servicing and cleaning insect traps, keeping simple records of work accomplished, etc. Greenhouse - performing tasks incidental to the research project such as watering fertilizing, weeding, potting, and maintaining plants. Maintaining work area in a neat and orderly manner. Responsibilities may include recording instrument reading, collecting samples and taking measurements. Requirements may also include maintaining inventory of chemicals, preparing solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field or greenhouse, safely disposing of waste material (both chemical and biological). Must keep work-site in a neat and orderly manner.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Washington, DC, USA
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. This position is located in the Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) of the USDA, Washington, DC. The mission of the OPMP is to 1)integrate and coordinate the pest management efforts of the Department; 2)provide data and analyses to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better inform pesticide regulatory decisions; and 3)provide a Departmental focal point for farmers, grower organizations, EPA, and State Land Grant institutions regarding pesticide and pest management issues. As a Regulatory Risk Assessor, you will provide scientific and technical guidance to USDA agencies to assure adequate risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and environmental assessments. At ARS we offer a range of family friendly flexibilities, including flexible work schedules and telework options, to name a few. Depending on your years of employment, you will accumulate vacation (13-26 days per year) and sick leave (13 days per year). Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model, offering choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. You can pay your share of premiums and out of pocket costs with pre-tax dollars. For retirement, ARS offers the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), consisting of three components: Social Security benefits, a basic anniuty plan, and the tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the basic annuity plan. ARS makes an automatic 1% of salary contribution to your TSP, and will match your TSP contributions up to a total of 5%. You are making a great choice when you choose a career with ARS! 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. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provides scientific and technical guidance to USDA agencies to assure that adequate risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, and environmental assessments have been completed for all regulations associated with pest management and pesticide registration and review, as well as research support. Plans and coordinates environmental evaluations and risk assessments involving complex crop production systems, including specialty crops, and large ecological systems. Provides assistance in assessing risks associated with chemical, biological, physical hazards, and other threats (i.e. risk that food is no longer grown in certain places – food security analyses) to agriculture and the food supply. Identifies and alerts the Director of significant developments in risk analysis, environmental sciences, science policy issues and/or proposed pest management regulatory decisions that have implications for agriculture and USDA programs. Writes scientific documents on risk assessment and the environment for internal and external purposes. Provides independent scientific advice on pest management and pesticide issues and risk assessment to USDA agencies. Presents results of analyses to USDA and EPA (and other regulatory agencies) and prepares plans to mitigate the biological and economic impacts of proposed pesticide and pest management regulatory decisions. Identifies potential legal and regulatory issues associated with risk and environmental analyses. Provides review and comment on scientific analyses, risk analyses and their supporting documents, regulations, and other materials as requested by the Director, OPMP, and other senior leaders Uses a variety of analytical methods and techniques to assess a wide range of scientific, legal, and risk issues related to pest management and pesticides. Writes scientific documents on risk assessment and the environment for internal and external purposes. Develops and coordinates the sharing of informational material, scientific advice, and assistance to OPMP discipline leaders, ARS scientists, and others as appropriate. Establishes and maintains relationships with agency officials, other government officials, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, university personnel, industry representatives, grower groups, etc., for the purposes of defining and promoting the work of the office relating to pesticide/environmental risks.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA, USA
This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than two years and can be extended up to a total of 4 years. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Incumbent will perform standardized routines in support of research projects. Typical, but not all inclusive, duties include the following:Perform routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment; Records instruments readings, collects samples, and takes measurements; Keeps detailed records of experimental data. Tabulates and summarizes data using personal computers and software packages; Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse; Safely dispose of waste materials (both chemical and biological); and Keeps work-site in a neat and orderly manner.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Washington, DC, USA
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table. This position is located in the Office of Pest Management Policy (OPMP) of the USDA, Washington, DC. The mission of the OPMP is to 1)integrate and coordinate the pest management efforts of the Department; 2)provide data and analyses to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better inform pesticide regulatory decisions; and 3)provide a Departmental focal point for farmers, grower organizations, EPA, and State Land Grant institutions regarding pesticide and pest management issues. As an Agricultural Biotechnology Advisor, you will provide leadership, coordination and strategic planning of USDA biotechnology policy. At ARS we offer a range of family friendly flexibilities, including flexible work schedules and telework options, to name a few. Depending on your years of employment, you will accumulate vacation (13-26 days per year) and sick leave (13 days per year). Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model, offering choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums. You can pay your share of premiums and out of pocket costs with pre-tax dollars. For retirement, ARS offers the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), consisting of three components: Social Security benefits, a basic anniuty plan, and the tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Employees pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the basic annuity plan. ARS makes an automatic 1% of salary contribution to your TSP, and will match your TSP contributions up to a total of 5%. You are making a great choice when you choose a career with ARS! Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provides leadership, coordination, and strategic planning of biotechnology policy Interacts with decision makers on the development and implementation of biotechnology policy. Develops position and option papers and briefs senior officials on international and domestic biotechnology policy issues. Leads various biotechnology committees, which includes developing meeting agendas, public announcements, procedures and norms, providing timely information and background materials to representatives; ensuring procedures and actions comply with regulations, preparing minutes, and maintaining official records, administering the budget, disseminating reports, arranging participation of experts, and adjourning the meeting. Establishes and maintains relationships with stakeholders, officials, university personnel, industry representatives, grower groups, etc. for the purposes of defining and promoting the work of the office relating to biotechnology/pesticide/environmental risks. Serves as a liaison with regulatory and scientific staffs, and Land Grant and industry scientists involved in biotechnology related to pest management/pesticides to ensure assessment of technology is current and categorized correctly. Acts as a contact point for biotechnology information with industry, non-governmental organizations, Federal and State government agencies, farmers, and others. Serves as a representative at national and international scientific and/or policy for agriculture and advances public understanding and support of policies and programs. Serves as a representative in domestic and international negotiations involving biotechnology policy. Develops speaking and briefing materials on biotechnology for senior officials. Briefs press on technical issues related to agricultural biotechnology. Prepares comments on the impacts of proposed biotechnology/pesticide and pest management regulatory decisions.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA, USA
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** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities 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.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Albany, CA, USA
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** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities 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.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Field Organization Southeast Area, Invasive Plant Research Lab located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The mission of the USDA/ARS Invasive Plant Research Lab (IPRL) is to address the complex and multi-faceted problems of exotic plant invasions in natural and agricultural ecosystems. The incumbent will contribute to the research and implementation elements of the Invasive Plant Research Laboratory mission, through the maintenance of insect colonies, plant care, and assisting with research on plant-insect interactions. This position will require some outdoor work in adverse conditions. This is a term, time-limited appointment with an initial duration no less than 13 months and can be extended up to a total of 4 years. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Major Duties may include, but are not limited to: Maintains inventory of chemicals, prepares solutions and reagents for use in the laboratory, field, or greenhouse, and safely disposes of waste material (both chemical and biological). Collects, prepares, evaluates, and verifies samples and supporting records. Assists with the maintenance of insect colonies and plant care. Assists in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of standardized or routine duties, in a laboratory, field, or greenhouse environment, common to the assigned area of work. Performs routine and recurring techniques and studies using a variety of specialized equipment.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Parlier, CA 93648, USA
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 December 31, 2017** **THIS IS A POST DOCTORAL TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT FOR 2 YEARS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING UP TO A TOTAL OF 4 YEARS** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbent will be responsible for molecular and genetic characterization of interactions of host responses to bacterium-associated diseases including, but not limited to, grape Pierce's disease, citrus huanglongbing. The incumbent is part of a multidisciplinary research team and participates in planning, executing, evaluating and reporting research activities.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Ames, IA, USA
This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on ARS-M17E-0294 announcement number. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Provide animal care on a full time basis working with animals in confinement operations, biological containment, or research settings. Cares for a variety of animal species, including but not limited to: traditional laboratory animals (hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats), domestic livestock (cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and pigs), aquatic species used in aquaculture, poultry (chickens, geese, and turkeys), exotic animals and alternative livestock (bison, deer, and elk) and wildlife (raccoons, mink). Adheres to guidelines for the humane handling of animals to prevent injury to animals and/or personnel. Assists in diagnostic and experimental procedures by capturing and restraining animals for treatment, examination, or specimen collection, both ante and postmortem. Operates equipment such as euthanasia chambers, two-ton chain hoists on a rail system and hydraulic necropsy tables. Also, will operate forklifts, trucks and automobiles. Operates, maintains, disinfects and fumigates isolation cages. The cages are used to contain pathogen-free animals or animals infected with zoonotic (human pathogen) disease agents such as, but not limited to Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Tuberculosis, Brucella and Rabies. Reports to supervisor and the facility veterinarian any situations observed, such as temperatures and other pertinent clinical data which may endanger animal or personnel safety. May operate tractors powered by gasoline or diesel engines, have four wheels and up to sixteen forward gears and steered with a conventional steering wheel. Tractors may be equipped with front mounted loaders, rear mounted bale fork, blade, by operating a Power Take Off (PTO) driven mower or belly mounted mower and PTO driven manure spreaders.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Ames, IA, USA
This position is being concurrently announced under Delegated Examining Procedures on announcement number ARS-S17E-0295 open to any US Citizen. Current and former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to this announcement ARS-M17E-0294 to maximize opportunities for consideration since different referral criteria apply to each announcement type. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities Provide animal care on a full time basis working with animals in confinement operations, biological containment, or research settings. Cares for a variety of animal species, including but not limited to: traditional laboratory animals (hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats), domestic livestock (cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and pigs), aquatic species used in aquaculture, poultry (chickens, geese, and turkeys), exotic animals and alternative livestock (bison, deer, and elk) and wildlife (raccoons, mink). Adheres to guidelines for the humane handling of animals to prevent injury to animals and/or personnel. Assists in diagnostic and experimental procedures by capturing and restraining animals for treatment, examination, or specimen collection, both ante and postmortem. Operates equipment such as euthanasia chambers, two-ton chain hoists on a rail system and hydraulic necropsy tables. Also, will operate forklifts, trucks and automobiles. Operates, maintains, disinfects and fumigates isolation cages. The cages are used to contain pathogen-free animals or animals infected with zoonotic (human pathogen) disease agents such as, but not limited to Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Tuberculosis, Brucella and Rabies. Reports to supervisor and the facility veterinarian any situations observed, such as temperatures and other pertinent clinical data which may endanger animal or personnel safety. May operate tractors powered by gasoline or diesel engines, have four wheels and up to sixteen forward gears and steered with a conventional steering wheel. Tractors may be equipped with front mounted loaders, rear mounted bale fork, blade, by operating a Power Take Off (PTO) driven mower or belly mounted mower and PTO driven manure spreaders.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Beltsville, MD, USA
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 incumbent will be a Research Physical Scientist/Research Hydrologist assigned to the USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland. The incumbents research is directed toward the application of land surface models using satellite and aerial imagery for estimating evapotranspiration and soil moisture to compare model output with ground truth data, and where necessary refine algorithms to reliably estimate evapotranspiration and soil moisture from row crops, with particular focus on vine and orchard plant and inter-row systems. 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 AUGUST 31, 2018. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbent will work collaboratively with agronomists, viticulturists and growers in developing methodologies for integrating model output into their crop management systems. The objectives of the incumbent's research are to develop and further refine techniques and technologies to: 1) develop and refine land surface models coupling the energy and water balance such as the Two Source Energy Balance model that utilizes remotely sensed data for estimating evapotranspiration and plant stress over vineyards, orchards and other row crops containing strongly clumped vegetation, 2) evaluate these methods using field surface energy observations and water fluxes, soil moisture, canopy condition, and seasonal crop yield and water balance, and 3) develop methods for incorporating model output in applications such as routine large area evapotranspiration monitoring, irrigation scheduling, and assessment of surface and root zone soil moisture, particularly of orchards and vineyards. Model and methodology development will integrate thermal-based remote sensing of land-surface fluxes with detailed plant canopy models of radiative and turbulent energy exchange as well as root zone water availability across the soil-plant-atmosphere system.
USDA Agricultural Research Service El Reno, OK, USA
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** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities 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.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA
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. A Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Patholgy, or Chemistry is disirable. 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 February 4, 2018** Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbents will conduct studies to identify mechanism that function in amendment-based control of soil-borne diseases in fruit production systems. Specific research will focus on short-term and long-term disease suppression attained in response to practices such as anaerobic soil disinfestation. Studies will examine the role of specific anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) derived soil metabolites in near-term disease control and the role of specific transformations of the soil microbiome in long-term disease control. The incumbents will examine the effect of soil management systems and plant genotype on structure and function of the soil and rhizosphere microbiome. The specific research will focus on characterization of the functional rhizosphere microbial communities that have an instrumental role in soil suppressiveness and/or rootstock tolerance to a diverse spectrum of soil-borne pathogens that has been documented in the orchard system. In addition, they will contribute to ongoing studies which seek to determine whether attributes of the soil fauna can be utilized to enhance activity of disease suppressive soil biology. The effect of host genotype on composition of root exudate metabolome will be assessed, and identification of metabolites having a role in recruiting or repelling organisms to the rhizosphere will be determined.