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:

The incumbent serves as a Research Chemist at the Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit of the Agricultural Research Service, Northern Plains Area, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research Center, located in Manhattan, Kansas. The incumbent will determine if arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can enhance plant growth and nutirition in sorghum, primarily under drought and other abiotic stress conditions.

The incumbent will perform research to (1) evaluate AMF dependency of sorghum culitvars and early landraces in controlled greenhouse studies, (2) determine the consequences of AMF symbiosis by assessing startch digestibility profiles (the primary component used in bio-fuel production), molecular starch variation, as well as total biomass and root colonization.

Travel Required

  • Not Required