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    The Cereal Crops Research Unit of the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota is seeking a full-time, permanent Research Geneticist (Plants). The primary mission of the unit is to improve quality and disease resistance of small grains (barley, wheat, durum, oat) through research on genetics, genomics, pathology, and end-use quality.

    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 goal of the incumbent’s research is to provide basic knowledge and improved germplasm that will contribute significantly to barley improvement. Specific lines of research may include the following: improving our understanding of the basis of resistance to economically significant diseases of barley through research approaches involving molecular genetics, bioinformatics, structural and functional genomics, or gene expression analysis, ultimately leading to the development of disease resistant germplasm and cultivars; identifying novel genes conferring resistance to economically significant foliar and head diseases of barley, determining the chromosomal location of the genes, and identifying and/or developing tightly linked molecular markers that are used to facilitate the introgression of the genes into adapted germplasm; developing and using molecular markers to determine chromosome locations of useful genes and quantitative trait loci (QTL); developing mapping populations and diversity panels, constructing molecular maps, and using mapping information and genome-wide association studies for genomic analysis and investigation of various agronomic traits; cloning important agronomic genes from barley using genomics and/or molecular genetics approaches; identifying and characterizing useful genes for agronomic traits from wild relatives of barley, and using molecular markers and other techniques to identify alien genetic material incorporated into barley.

    Methods for achieving research objectives include techniques of classical and molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and plant breeding, such as interspecific hybridization, marker-assisted selection, association, linkage, and expression analysis, QTL analysis, genome sequence analysis, and recombinant DNA techniques.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and international travel is required to attend scientific meetings, training, and conferences.

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

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