The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory in Kimberly, Idaho seeks a permanent, full time, Research Plant Pathologist/Research Plant Physiologist to be a member of the ARS sugar beet research group. GS-12/13 ($74,596.00 – 115,313.00 annually plus benefits). The overall goal of the group is increasing sucrose production by increasing root sucrose content and disease and pest resistance, reducing root impurities, and improving sustainable disease and pest management options.
ARS-D19PWA-10540231 for details and directions on how to apply. This vacancy is open for application on July 8, 2019 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 07/26/2019.
U.S. citizenship is required for this permanent position.
USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (07/19/2019) including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
Basic Requirements: 0434 Series: Degree in plant pathology or related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.
0435 Series: Degree in botany or plant physiology or a related scientific discipline that included at least 10 semester hours in plant physiology.
Additional Requirements: In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.
GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are :Experience reporting research results as primary author of reports, conference proceedings, or peer-reviewed manuscripts; and Experience evaluating disease, insect or abiotic stress effects on crop growth, yield or quality in replicated field or greenhouse trials; or Experience analyzing phenotypic data collected in field or greenhouse trials to quantify treatment or environmental effects.
GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are: Experience reporting research results as primary author of peer-reviewed manuscripts; and Experience planning and conducting field research to measure disease, insect or abiotic stress effects on crop growth, yield or quality or other important agronomic parameters; or Experience performing statistical analysis of phenotypic or molecular genetic data collected in field or greenhouse trials to quantify treatment or environmental effects.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.