Job Overview


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens AND those eligible for consideration under a non-competitive hiring authority (i.e., 30% or More Disabled Veteran, VRA, Schedule A, Interchange Agreement, etc.).

This position is for a Physical Science Technician located in Fargo, ND.

The incumbent provides technical support to the Hard Spring and Durum Wheat Quality Laboratory in the Cereal Crops Research Unit in Fargo, ND. The mission of the Cereal Crops Research Unit is to improve quality and disease resistance of small grains through research on genetics, genomics, pathology, and end-use quality. This position is dedicated to the enhancement of end-use quality of hard spring and durum wheat.

Conditions of Employment:

The work requires moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, machines, with irritant chemicals, flour dust, or obnoxious odors. Applicant must have a valid driver's license and be able to learn to operate a forklift.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


Major duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting experimental milling trials of hard spring and durum wheat.

  • Performing wheat sample preparation, such as cleaning and tempering.

  • Conducting laboratory experiments and quality evaluations of cereal grains, primarily hard spring and durum wheat.

  • Performing grain, flour, semolina, dough, and bread quality analysis.

  • Operating, calibrating, and maintaining specialized equipment, such as experimental mills and laboratory instruments.

  • Maintaining precise and detailed records of experimental conditions and data.

  • Compiling and analyzing data using various computer software packages, and preparing reports as required.

  • Participating as a team member with scientists in all phases of the research process.

  • Assuming full technical and operational responsibility for specific phases of the research.

  • Providing input into the initial planning of experiments.

  • Developing and designing various aspects of research projects on the basis of overall objectives outlined by the supervisor.

  • Contributing to the planning of various steps in experiment or project and to interpretation and documentation of findings.