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    The incumbent serves as Research Leader in the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Bio-Oils Research Unit. The incumbent leads a broad research program to develop new commodity plant oils and bio-based products that provide technically and economically competitive alternatives to petroleum-derived materials.

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    • Incumbent leads, directs, and conducts research whose objectives include:
    • Resolving chemical processes advancing high-value polymers from agriculturally based oils and other feedstocks;
    • Enabling commercially relevant biobased materials and fuels;
    • Developing an analysis of new crop germplasm and agronomic traits of oilseed crops such as camelina and industrial hemp;
    • Enabling processes for the commercial production of oils, meal, gums, waxes, and value-added products from advancing oilseed crops such as meadowfoam, new pennycress varieties, camelina, lesquerella, osage orange, and industrial hemp;
    • Enabling commercial processes by converting oils and gums from oilseed crops into marketable new value-added bio-based products;
    • Resolving processing technologies to convert low-quality and nonfood feedstocks into value-added biobased products; and
    • Enabling commercial processing of new versatile biobased products useful in multiple markets.
    • Supervisory duties include:
    • Providing vision; establishing and maintaining an advisory stakeholder base representing the various research projects to advocate for enhancing the unit and to enable commercialization of products;
    • Exercising leadership and supervising personnel assigned to the unit;
    • Maximizing the creativity and productivity of the unit;
    • Hiring personnel and managing the human, fiscal, and physical resources assigned to the unit;
    • Serving as the Unit fundholder;
    • Providing technical information and consultation both internal and external to Agricultural Research Service; and
    • Ensuring the proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research results.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Local, national, and international travel is required to attend workshops, scientific conferences, and training.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1320 Chemistry

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