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 Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit is looking for a Research Molecular Biologist or a Research Plant Pathologist to provide research support. The assignment is to use molecular and genetic approaches to develop natural and synthetice meiotic drive elements that will reduce mycotoxin production in populations of Fusarium. 

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

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

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR DECEMBER 27, 2017.**

Duties

The incumbent will conduct research on the development of alternative control strategies for the reduction of mycotoxin contamination of maize. Research will involve developing a natural meiotic drive element called Spore Killer in Fusarium verticillioides, a common pathogen of maize, and a synthetic meiotic drive element based on CAS9, that will minimize mycotoxin synthesis in a population of the fungus.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend meetings and conferences

Relocation Authorized

  • No