Job Overview


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

This position is located in the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Ames, Iowa. The Unit conducts research on the biology of improving grain, forage and oilseed crops.


Major Duties may include, but are not limited to: Directs the research team to develop and deploy applications that address difficult problems, including the analysis of DNA sequences, phenotypes, genetic maps, mapping data, genome organization, and gene functions for use by geneticists, breeders and molecular biologists. Integrates novel data types and data connections into MaizeGDB. Modifies software programs for targeted maize analyses and comparative studies including direct open engagement of outside resources. Conducts training and makes presentations of original work at conferences, workshops, and international meetings. Partners with ARS plant database teams to enhance direct open engagement with outside resources. Consults with external biological databases on intra-database data discovery and transfer to further the department goals.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, persons with disabilities, VEOA eligibles, certain military spouses, 30% or more disabled veterans, former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles,  Farm Service Agency permanent county employees and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

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