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    Summary

    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

    **This Post Doc Appt is temporary Not-to-Exceed 2 years with the possiblity of extension for an additional 2 more years** 

    **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR December 31, 2018**

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent will develop, calibrate and validate a semi-empirical model for estimating cotton biomass from fields within the southeastern United States.  Model development will involve use of optical and radar satellite remote sensing products along with field data for calibration and validation.  The incumbent will conduct field work and will also collaborate with model developers in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and partners in other ARS locations.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents seeking U.S. Citizenship.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • A Ph.D. is required that was obtained within the last four years
    • Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
    • Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required

    •  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.

    Qualifications

    This position requires a Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering or Agronomy or Geography 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.  Demonstrated ability using remote sensing data products; knowledge of field data collection methods and geospatial analytical methods for vegetation and/or crop modeling are 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

    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.
    Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    •  Relocation expenses are not authorized.
    •  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

    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".


    To view the application form, visit: https://ars.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=72F197D0-DB47-4314-91A4-A92900F9882A

    Background checks and security clearance

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    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 veterans preference. Visit the following web site for additional information: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp)

    __SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans 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.

    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.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    A Benefits Package will be authorized for appointments made for a period of more than one year.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

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

    Mail:  USDA, ARS, Southeast Watershed Research Unit
              2316 Rainwater Road
              P.O. Box 748
              Attn:  Dr. Alisa Coffin
              Tifton, GA 31793

    E-mail: alisa.coffin@ars.usda.gov

    Fax: 229-386-7215
    Phone:  229-386-3665

    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.

    Agency contact information

    Dr. Alisa Coffin

    Phone

    229-386-3665

    Fax

    229-386-7215

    Email

    alisa.coffin@ars.usda.gov

    Address

    USDA/ARS
    2316 Rainwater Road
    Tifton, GA, 31793
    U.S.A.
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    Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/large). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    USDA-ARS Southeast Watershed Research Unit, Tifton, GA:

    Enhancing natural resources and the environment for a viable, sustainable, and productive agricultural economy.

    Research is focused on the Coastal Plain region of the southestern U.S., a region with low-gradient drainage systems, generally sandy soils, periodically intense rainfall, and extensive near-stream riparian areas.

    Some of the specific objectives are to develop:

    An understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes that interact within agricultural and natural resource systems.

    Methods to improve the use of soil and water resources in the production of quality food and fiber while maintaining short-and long-term productivity requirements, ecosystem stability, and environmental quality.

    Next steps

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

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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