Job Overview

Summary

NOTE: This announcement has been amended to include additional information regarding the Evaluation process.  Please see the 'How You Will Be Evaluated' section for more details.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION: This is an Open Continuous announcement and will be open until all positions have been filled.  The first referral of candidates will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, January 09, 2014.  The second referral of candidates will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, February 12, 2014.  The third referral of candidates will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, April 09, 2014.  Subsequent cut off dates may be established.

Multiple selections will be made from this announcement to fill vacancies across the following the Economic Research Service (ERS) Divisions:

Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED)

The mission of MTED is to conduct research on U.S. and global economic factors affecting markets for agricultural products. The MTED research program includes analysis of domestic program and trade policy alternatives, special studies of emerging developments in domestic and international markets, development and dissemination of market information, and commodity and trade forecast and projections.  Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to the policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

Food Economics Division (FED)

The FED provides economic research, monitoring and statistical indicators, and staff and policy analysis of consumer, and food marketing issues, including consumption determinants and trends; consumer demand for food quality, safety, and nutrition; food security status of the poor; food marketing competition and condition; low-income assistance programs; and food safety regulations.  Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to the policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED)

The mission of RRED is to provide information and analysis to enhance public policy, and to conduct analysis that informs national public and private decisions involving the interrelationship among natural resources, environmental amenities, rural development, and agricultural activities, agricultural research and development, technology and productivity, the structure of farming, upstream agricultural and other rural businesses, farm income, and the well-being of farm and rural households.  Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

Please see the following link for more information about the Economic Research Service (ERS): http://ers.usda.gov/about-ers/agency-structure.aspx

Duties

The Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks Research Agricultural Economists for positions that involve responsibility for formulating research plans, developing methodology, determining data needs, and defining resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis programs of great significance, difficulty, and national importance. 

Duties will vary depending on the mission of the Division in which the incumbents work, and include:

  1. Applying economic, econometric, and statistical principles and concepts, to conduct high quality research and analysis, improve the quality, and enhance the analytical usefulness of data;
  2. Providing advice and guidance to Agency and external colleagues to ensure application of sound economic principles and the use of effective quantitative and research methods;
  3. Serving as a technical expert on research and program development activities within the Agency, with other agencies, and research institutions;
  4. Conducting research involving theoretical and empirical issues of concern to Agency programs. Such research often involves investigation and experimentation into unexplored areas using state of the art techniques; and 
  5. The incumbent collaborates with outside experts to research and communicate difficult concepts and findings to officials responsible for public policy.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation and recruitment incentives may be negotiated at the time of selection