The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. The U.S. Vegetable Laboratory conduct research to improve vegetable crop productions and protections.
**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR May 17, 2021**
This position requires a recent Ph.D in Plant Pathology or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Applicant must demonstrate a knowledge of plant pathology or virology with a working knowledge of bioinformatics, entomology, plant molecular biology, plant genetics and horticulture. Applicant should have experience in recognizing and applying new concepts to accomplish an assigned research objective. Applicant should demonstrate the capability to plan all aspects of research activities pertaining to a project's objective. Applicant must demonstrate a capacity to analyze results of experiments, interpret data, and report the results in publishable manuscript.
Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. OPM Qualification Standard's are:
Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.
Graduate Education: must have been in plant pathology, or in one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, or have followed a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on plant pathology or one of the recognized subject-matter fields of plant pathology, such as those dealing with particular types of pathogens, diseases of particular kinds of crops, or chemical or biological controls. Graduate study in related fields such as microbiology, entomology, plant physiology, genetics, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, or chemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on plant pathology.