The incumbent serves as a Research Molecular Biologist assigned to the Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit, West Lafayette, Indiana. The mission of the unit is to safeguard and utilize plant genetic resources (genetic raw material), associated genetic and genomic databases, and bioinformatic tools to ensure an abundant, safe and inexpensive supply of food, feed, fiber,ornamental and industrial products for the United States and other nations.Learn more about this agency
- The incumbent in this position is responsible for planning and executing a research program on molecular and biochemical basis of insect/wheat interactions and virulence in the insect.
- Identification of Hessian fly and aphid genes expressed in interactions with the host plant and insight into the function of those genes.
- Analyzes, interprets and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations and publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
- Collaborates with other Agricultural Research Service (ARS), university and private sector scientists to build the multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research.
- Successful completion of the research objectives will impact science and agricultural technology by improving methods to minimize damage to crop plants by insect pests.
Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel is required to attend scientific meetings and conferences.
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