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 Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory is seeking a research associate to conduct research to understand how pathogens are disseminated on farms, in the environment, and to food products, and to develop methods to detect, characterize, and mitigate contamination to prevent food-borne illnesses.

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 2 years. The position may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition. 

**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR JANUARY 10, 2018**

Duties

The incumbent is responsible for conducting research to evaluate major factors that influence pathogen survival, growth, and inactivation during the growing, post harvest handling, shipping and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables, and for developing control measures that limit pathogen proliferation in the supply chain. The incumbent will independently design and conduct studies involving human pathogens and various fresh produce food processing equipment and disseminate research findings to stakeholders via peer-reviewed publications, trade journals, and project reports.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Attend meetings and conferences

Relocation Authorized

  • No