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    The incumbent is the Research Leader for the Food Quality Laboratory (FQL) at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Beltsville, MD. The mission of FQL is to study the biology and physical structure of fruits, vegetables, and grains, with the aim of developing technologies to reduce postharvest losses, and to improve sensory, nutritional and functional quality. 

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    Major Duties:
    The incumbent is the Research Leader for the Food Quality Laboratory (FQL) at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD.  The selectee is responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary team of research scientists, and conceives, plans, and conducts individual and collaborative research.  Specific research objectives are to:
    1) understand genetic and environmental factors and pre-/post-harvest handling conditions affecting fresh and fresh-cut produce quality;
    2) devise basic and applied strategies targeting plant physiological, biochemical and or molecular responses to environmental (climatic)/management of temperature, light/radiation, nutrient, atmospheric carbon dioxide/oxygen changes impacts on pre-/post-harvest whole plant and/or fresh-cut fruits and vegetables;
    3) develop, improve, and/or apply sensory and analytical techniques to assess important fruit and vegetable quality attributes, including visual appearance, texture, flavor, and taste; or
    4) develop novel technologies to reduce post-harvest losses and improve product marketability of fresh and fresh-cut produce. 

    As Research Leader, the incumbent serves as unit fund holder, managing human, fiscal, and physical resources assigned to the Laboratory to enhance the quality and productivity of the research unit. The incumbent provides technical information and consultation, both internal and external to the Agency; ensures that research reports and manuscripts comply with Agency guidelines; and fosters cooperative research with scientists within and outside the Unit, and with stakeholders nationally and internationally.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and International travel may be required to attend scientific meetings, training, and conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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