Job Overview


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

The Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research Unit located in Parlier, CA is seeking a temporary, full time, Research Associate. The mission of the Crop Diseases, Pests and Genetics Research Unit is to conduct basic and applied research on grapevine, almonds, stone fruit, and citrus to 1) reduce losses caused by plant pathogens and insect pests, and 2) improve fruit quality, horticultural characteristics and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

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, permanent residents who meet certain eligibility requirements and non-citizens who meet certain eligibility requirements

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**This is a temporary appointment Not-to-Exceed 2 years**


The incumbent will be responsible for molecular and genetic characterization of interactions of the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa with grape and other host plants relating to over-winter survival of the pathogen. The incumbent will participate in planning, executing, evaluating and reporting research activities involving molecular and functional biology of X. fastidiosa in the context of pathogen interactions with the host and the environment. Research goals include 1) elucidation of cold response in X. fastidiosa, 2) evaluation of cultivar differences affecting the over-winter survival of X. fastidiosa , and 3) investigation of virulence mechanisms of X. fastidiosa in grape and other host plants.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 3 - 5 nights or more per year

Relocation Authorized

  • No