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    The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Soil Drainage Research Unit (SDRU) in Columbus, Ohio is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Soil Scientist to develop and conduct novel research related to understanding nutrient cycling processes under an array of drainage systems, crop production systems, and conservation practices as affected by soil biology, chemistry, and physical properties.  The SDRU is the focal point of ARS’s multi-disciplinary water management research program for the cool, humid region of the U.S. and leads the Eastern Corn Belt node of ARS’s Long Term Agroecosystem Research program.  The selected Research Soil Scientist will contribute to the Unit’s hydrological and water quality research related to nutrient transport and cycling in tile drained landscape.  The scientist will be a key member of the interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists studying the complex, natural resource interactions of implementing existing and novel production and conservation management practices on the landscape that provide economic benefit as well as environmental and resource sustaining services.

    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.

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    The incumbent’s overall research objective is to understand the complex field scale interactions of weather, soil biology, soil chemistry, soil physics, plants, water, and land use management on nutrient cycling and transport in artificially (tile) drained landscapes.

    Specific personal research objectives may include:

    • Evaluating and improving scientific understanding of nutrient dynamics in artificially (tile) drained landscapes.
    • Improving existing or developing new and innovative management practices that address environmental concerns but are economically viable.
    • Mathematically describing and developing relationships for improving natural resource simulation technologies.  

    Innovative laboratory and field scale methods and procedures will be used to better understand the interactive processes and dynamics related to nutrient cycling in soils. Methodologies may include laboratory, greenhouse, plot, and field scale experiments.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local, domestic, and international travel may be required to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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    0470 Soil Science

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