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Job Title:Interdisciplinary: Research Plant Pathologist/Microbiologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:RA-13-020-H

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Friday, July 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0403/0434-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Ames, IA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Non Citizens

JOB 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's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

Applications for this position will be accepted from both US Citizens and Foreign Nationals who meet both  Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements found under "Foreign Nationals Eligible for Federal Employment" at http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm
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**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR SEPTEMBER 30, 2013**

This is a temporary appointment NTE 2 years (may be extended up to 4 years without further competition).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • A Ph.D. is required
  • Valid driver's license is required

DUTIES:

The incumbent will measure and characterize the temporal changes in rhizosphere microbial community composition of different cover crop species using molecular biology approaches. Additional techniques will also be employed to identify beneficial rhizosphere bacteria producing anti-fungal compounds. These techniques will also examine the rhizosphere communities of corn planted after each of the cover crop species and after no cover crops. The effect of the cover crop rhizosphere microbial community on the presence of Fusarium and Pythium in the corn rhizosphere and their pathogenicity on corn seedlings will be determined.   Research will be conducted in both laboratory and field settings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position requires a recent Ph.D in Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Microbiology, 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.

Knowledge of microbial culture and inoculation methods, PCR-based detection assays, soil and plant sampling, statistics, and agronomic cropping systems are desirable.   Strong demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal are desirable. Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently is desirable.  


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. 

This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.  Application materials will not be returned.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position as defined above under "Qualifications".


BENEFITS:

A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than 1 year.  Additional information about Federal benefits can be obtained at
http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
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OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation and Other Incentives:
Payment of relocation expenses and other incentives will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletins 03-402 and 05-412.5, which may be found at
http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/Bulletins/05-412-5.pdf.  See also http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/staffing_recruit/reloweb.htm.

Veteran's Preference:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment):
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.

ARS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information:
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



HOW TO APPLY:

Applications may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to the appropriate address and/or facsimile number listed below:

Mail:
Dr. Tom Kaspar
USDA, ARS, NLAE
2110 University Blvd.
Ames, IA 50011-3120

E-mail:
tom.kaspar@ars.usda.gov

Fax: 
(515) 294-8873

If sending your application as an attachment to an email, do not send zipped files.  They will be removed in accordance with standard electronic security procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

If application packages do not contain all of the requested information, you may lose consideration for the job.  To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.   Some of the items listed may not apply to you.  NOTE:  Applications received in postage paid government envelopes will not be considered.

APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST

__ Resume, Curriculum Vitae, or other document outlining your qualifications

The following information is required of all applicants:
__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Indicate country of citizenship
__Copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Only if claiming veteran's preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the supporting documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference).  Visit http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp to obtain the form.

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of work experience include:
          ___Job title
          ___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
          ___Duties and accomplishments
          ___Employer's name and address
          ___Supervisor's name and contact information
          ___Starting and ending dates of employment (at least month/year)
          ___Number of hours worked per week
          ___Salary
          ___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

__ Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
          ___Certificates/licenses (current)
          ___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
       
__ Copy of college transcripts (If you have non-conventional education, e.g., foreign study, continuing education units, life experience, etc., go to the web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a and look under the heading Other Education for information governing acceptability of this type of education.)

 

As an Applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position, you must also submit the following:

__  A one-page abstract of Ph.D. dissertation

__  A resume of 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 invitations); and publications.

__  A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, and recognition.

If this is your first time applying for a federal job, or if you wish to view more detailed information about  various aspects of applying for federal jobs, go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Thomas Kaspar
Phone: (515)294-8873
Fax: (515)294-8873
TDD: 202-855-1234
Email: TOM.KASPAR@ARS.USDA.GOV
Agency Information:
MWA Ames IA
2110 University Blvd
Ames, IA
50011-3120 Fax: (515)294-8873

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applications will be received and reviewed for consideration until a selection has been made.

Control Number: 332747000
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