Research Entomologist

Agricultural Research Service | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 5/22/2020

The position is located at The U.S. Vegetable Laboratory (USVL) located in Charleston, SC. The incumbent is a Research Entomologist responsible for research to solve vegetable production and protection problems with emphasis on the Southeast.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic Requirements:
Degree: entomology; or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology.


Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major that included course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Evaluation of Education: Applicants with major fields of study in biology, zoology, or invertebrate zoology may fully meet the basic educational requirements if their academic preparation included substantive instruction (including appropriate laboratory and field work) in basic general entomology, taxonomy, physiology, ecology, general and organic chemistry, general physics, and mathematics or statistics that provided some training in the analysis of variables.

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:
  • Research experience conceiving or formulating research ideas in vector entomology, microbiology, toxicology, cytology, molecular biology or insect pathology.
  • Research experience in experimental design, bioassay techniques, and statistical analysis.
  • Conducting research on insect transmitted plant pathogens.
  • Conducts research on DNA, RNA and transcriptome of insects and plant hosts in relation to plant diseases, specifically those incited by plant viruses and their transmission.
  • Research experience in insect rearing, insect-transmitted virus culture maintenance, and plant cultivation.
  • Present research at professional meetings; AND
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed scientific journals on innovative approaches to control plant sucking insects.
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.

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