Job Overview


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

Seeking permanent, full-time Research Molecular Biologist (Plants)/Research Geneticist (Plants) to: identify plant genes associated with salt tolerance and specific ion toxicity, investigate the molecular mechanisms and genetic diversity associated with plant salt-related stress tolerance, and develop new crop genotypes that are more tolerant of salinity and specific ions.

This position requires the selectee to undergo a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.  Any offer made is considered a tentative job offer pending the outcome of the pre-employment check.  Retention in the position is based upon a favorable adjudication of the background investigation.  The incumbent will be subject to periodic reinvestigations.

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


Major Duties:


As the primary scientist in evaluating genetic aspects of salt tolerance, the incumbent works with other researchers to assist in defining project goals, evaluating experimental strategies, assessing results, and proposing hypothesis. The incumbent’s primary objectives are: identifying molecular and physiological mechanisms for salt tolerance in selected plants, including already moderately salt tolerant forage species and salt sensitive specialty crops; identifying genes responsible for salt tolerance and ion toxicity, and using existing and new selection tools to develop or identify genetic resources and varietal lines with superior tolerance to salinity and/or toxic ions.

The incumbent’s research will emphasize using genomic and genetic approaches to improve salt stress resistance traits in selected crops, such as alfalfa, strawberries, grapes, beans or lettuce. Successful research will expand existing hypothesis, lead to the formulation of novel concepts, and the development of improved germplasm with tolerance to either salinity or specific toxic ions for geographic areas with scarce fresh water supplies.

Working Conditions and Other Considerations:

Work is conducted in a research laboratory which has inherent risks and requires wearing protective coats, goggles, and/or boots.  Domestic travel is required.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Position may require occasional travel.

Relocation Authorized

  • No