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    The Agricultural Research Service, Southeast Area, Plant Science Research Unit in Raleigh, North Carolina is seeking a permanent, full-time Research Plant Physiologist to formulate and conduct personal and team research to identify and characterize processes that regulate root structure and function, and the interaction of soil microbes with root systems.

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    The overall objectives of the incumbent’s research are to define the functional dynamics (temporal and spatial) of plant root systems to broaden the knowledge base needed to identify management practices and plant breeding targets that will lead to greater efficiency in acquisition of water and nutrients, increased duration of active plant growth, and greater stress tolerance of crop plants.

    Major duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Characterizing genetic variation in root system structure and function;
    • Quantifying the effects of environmental stress on root systems;
    • Identifying plant factors that determine the composition of microbial communities associated with plant roots;
    • Evaluating plant root characteristics and soil microbe interactions through measurements of whole plant performance (root architecture, growth, yield, and product quality) and through germplasm screening using phenotyping (high resolution root scanning) and molecular (proteomics, gene expression, and microbial DNA fingerprinting) approaches;
    • Developing collaborations with other physiologists, molecular geneticists, and plant breeders;
    • Working with plant breeders to evaluate root characteristics needed for commercial production;
    • Publishing research results in peer reviewed journals.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and International travel is required to attend scientific meetings and conferences. Local travel to field sites is also required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0435 Plant Physiology

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