Job Overview

Summary

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 Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds 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.

The Crop Bioprotection Research Unit in Peoria, IL is seeking a Research Microbiologist/Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist (Research Associate) to conduct plant, microbial and molecular level studies of endophytes being evaluated to improve the agronomic traits of wheat. The assignment is to evaluate the ability of novel endophytes to serve as plant growth promoters or alter wheat phenotype in a beneficial way, such as enhanced insect resistance or abiotic stress tolerance. This research is a component of ARS National Program 304, Crop Protection and Quarantine.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements

Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR (April 19, 2017)**

This is an Excepted Service, time-limited appointment with an initial duration of 2 years. 

Duties

The incumbent will conduct plant, microbial and molecular level studies of endophytes being evaluated to improve the agronomic traits of wheat. The assignment is to evaluate the ability of novel endophytes to serve as plant growth promoters or alter wheat phenotype in a beneficial way, such as enhanced insect resistance or abiotic stress tolerance. The incumbent will evaluate endophyte inoculation methods and isolates on their ability to successfully colonize wheat. The incumbent will evaluate the agronomic growth parameters of wheat successfully inoculated with these endophytes.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend scientific meetings and conferences.

Relocation Authorized

  • No