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The incumbent is a Research Entomologist with the Commodity Protection and Quality Research Unit, located in Parlier, California. The overall research mission is to develop effective integrated pest management systems for postharvest pest control. The research involves providing expertise in insect physiology and/or toxicology to deal with the problems arising from current management strategies and emerging issues of concern to Western U.S. agriculture and/or key export markets.
The major duties are (1) conducts research in the area of postharvest control of horticultural insect pests, particularly those pests of phytosanitary and quarantine importance, with a goal of utilizing knowledge about insect physiology and toxicology to enhance the effectiveness of existing postharvest treatments, (2) establishes and maintains collaborations with other scientists and coordinates both short- and long-term, basic and applied research projects to develop novel approaches for control of horticultural insect pests of postharvest importance, (3) develops safe and environmentally sustainable techniques for postharvest control of horticultural insect pests, and (4) transfers knowledge and technology through scholarly publications, patents, and presentations to scientific and industry groups.
Occasional travel - To and from professional meetings and research sites.
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US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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