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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.

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    Major Duties:

    The Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Unit located in Baton Rouge, LA, is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Molecular Biologist. 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 is responsible for conducting independent and cooperative research in a wide-ranging fundamental and applied program in molecular biology of honey bees to support the mission of the laboratory.

     Major Duties:

    • In field and laboratory studies, identifies and evaluates traits and strains of honey bees having improved health (e.g., due to improved immunity, tolerance, or resistance to pests and pathogens) and greater productivity (e.g., honey production, pollination ability);
    • Discovers, characterizes and manipulates expression of honey bee genes or gene products with the goal of enhancing the economic value of the bees;
    • Uses appropriate contemporary and emerging strategies in molecular biology for studying honey bee health and productivity;
    • 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 - To and from professional meetings and worksites

    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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504459300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.