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    Summary

    This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Field Organization, Northeast Area, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory, in Beltsville, MD.

    The incumbent research involves isolation and identification of natural and synthetic chemicals that affect arthropod behavior, synthesis of compounds for bioassays, and development of new strategies for use of behavior-modifying chemicals in integrated pest management.

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    Responsibilities

    • Conceive and establish a research project and develop collaborative efforts within ARS and outside the Agency with national and international scientists to enhance research efforts.
    • Discover and identify new biologically active natural products that can be useful in monitoring or managing economically important arthropods.
    • Develop methods for use of new compounds in integrated pest management practice that will reduce or eliminate dependence upon pesticide-based control programs.
    • Identify compounds by using sophisticated instrumental techniques such as GC-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and micro-chemical reactions.
    • Perform close interaction between chemical, electrophysiological, biochemical, and entomological disciplines, as well as the ability to correlate chemical structure, biological activity, and function.
    • Act as a bridge between the disciplines to enhance the probability of successful scientific and pragmatic outcomes of the research program through an extensive network of cooperating agencies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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