Job Overview

Summary

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

The Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit located in Corvallis, Oregon is seeking a permanent, full time, Research Plant Pathologist. The incumbent conducts research to understand the biology, epidemiology, and impact of pathogens on crop and seed health within grass seed production systems. The production systems in the Pacific Northwest are dominated by turf and forage grasses grown for seed, but can include rotations with cereals, vegetables, and a wide range of other seed crops. Ultimately the research seeks to develop new methods for sustainable disease control and crop production.

Vacant research positions may be filled at one of several grade levels depending upon the scientific impact of the person selected.  For this reason, you are encouraged to apply at all grade levels.  A peer review will be required for selections made at grades GS-13 and above and the selectee will be required to submit supplemental materials.

Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

Duties

Major Duties:

As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will perform the following:

  • Develop new information on the genetic, biological or environmental conditions that affect the infection, development, and reproduction of plant pathogens;
  • Develop novel detection and quantification systems for emerging pathogens to help identify inoculum sources, understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of disease, and evaluate mitigation practices;
  • Develop and evaluate novel cultural, chemical, or integrated control methods for plant diseases;
  • Integrate information into models that describe the basis for or predict the occurrence of plant disease;
  • Collaborate with state and federal regulatory personnel, plant pathologist, agronomist, entomologist, and plant breeders from University, ARS, and the Unit to implement approaches that reduce the impact of plant disease and improve plant health;
  • Represent ARS to other federal and nonfederal agencies, industry, and the public in scientific and technical discussions involving epidemiology, taxonomy, genetics, pathogen ecology, seed and plant health, and control of plant disease;
  • Serves on peer review panels (i.e. professional journals, grant review, academic) to review scientific research; and
  • Prepares scientific papers for presentation and/or publication in peer-reviewed research journals.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 3 - 6 overnight trips per year in order to conduct research and/or attend scientific meetings.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Amount to be determined at time of selection.