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    The Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Unit located in Baton Rouge, LA, is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Entomologist. The Unit has a wide-ranging basic and applied program in breeding, genetics, reproduction, ecology, behavior, mating technology, genetic and environmental management of honey bees, and control of parasitic mites. The mission is to improve honey bee health in support of U.S. agricultural production. The incumbent will perform independent research and also contribute to team studies on honey bees and their pests to advance the mission of the laboratory.

    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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    Major Duties:

    As a Research Entomologist, the incumbent:

    • Conducts both fundamental and applied research on behavior, physiology and genetics of honey bees and their parasites and pathogens;
    • Conducts field and laboratory research related to identifying, characterizing and breeding for factors that support genetically based resistance to biotic or abiotic threats to honey bee health;
    • As a team member, contributes apicultural, behavioral and physiological expertise;
    • Establishes collaborations with scientists, beekeepers and other stakeholders to develop, conduct and report research; and
    • Transfers knowledge and technology through peer-reviewed publications, technology transfer agreements with the beekeeping industry and presentations to scientific and industry groups.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel required to conduct research and to attend scientific meetings and/or conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

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

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0414 Entomology

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