Job Overview


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



Major Duties:

This position is located in the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.  The incumbent will evaluate a remotely sensed drought index based on evapotranspiration (ET) in comparison with existing crop condition and soil moisture datasets collected over the U.S., and will seek to identify and quantify linkages between ET anomaly time-series and ensuing reductions in yields and crop condition.  Evidence for early warning of impending drought conditions conveyed by the ET drought index will be evaluated, as well as potential for capturing signals of "flash drought" events.  The incumbent will assist in improving and implementing the ET drought index over various monitoring domains.