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    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at 11:59pm EST on the closing date identified above or the day we receive the 50th application, whichever occurs first.  

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    The incumbent is a Research Geneticist Animal in the Genetics, Breeding, and Animal Health Research Unit of the United States Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), located in Clay Center, Nebraska. The mission of the USMARC is to improve production efficiency while maintaining a lean, high quality, and safe product.  The mission of the Research Unit is to define the role of genetics in animal, pathogen, and microbial community interactions in domestic livestock production with the goal of developing effective genetic strategies to improve meat quality, animal health, and production efficiency.  The incumbent is responsible for carrying out genetic and genomic research with the goal enhancing health, efficiency, and sustainability of sheep within Project "Genetic Research to Enhance Efficient and Sustainable Production of Beef Cattle and Sheep".  The incumbent will lead experiments using sheep in support of ARS National Program 101 (Food Animal Production).   Experiments are often multigeneration and multidisciplinary, involving over 2,000 breeding ewes.  The incumbent is responsible for understanding fundamental constraints of the sheep industry, identifying research opportunities, designing and conducting innovative experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, and disseminating results and technical advice to many segments of the sheep industry.

    Research objectives for sheep genetics are: 1) evaluate sheep germplasm for favorable maternal characteristics in a pasture lambing system, 2) evaluate parentage identification strategies for sheep, 3) evaluate selection strategies for resistance to ovine progressive pneumonia and resistance to parasitic helminths in sheep, and 4) identify genomic variants associated with efficient production and resistance to health challenges.  Methodologies used to address these objectives will be quantitative genetics analyses, whole genome association analyses, analyses of genetic markers for productivity and disease resistance, and large-scale experimental design.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - To and from professional conferences

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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    0440 Genetics

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