Job Overview


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

The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (ARS) provides the American public with an exceptionally talented, highly inderdisciplinary scientific community in the USDA's largest scientific installation, and leverage these resources to envision, create, and improve knowledge and technologies that enhance the capacity of the nation and the world to provide its people with healthy crops and animals; clean and renewable natural resources; sustainable agricultural systems; and agricultural commodities and products that are abundant, high-quality, and safe.

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.

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

Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at:

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



The incumbent will design, build, and test a high speed imaging system that will permit simultaneous viewing at multiple angles of wheat kernels falling in air and determine size, shape, color, and surface texture in real time. This information will be used to assess the soundness of cereal grains for inspection operations directed toward improving food quality and food safety. Custom digital and analog instrumentation, mechanical design, and image processing and statistical analysis will be used in the design through implementation stages.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • For meetings and conferences

Relocation Authorized

  • No