The incumbent serves as a Research Biologist/Chemist in the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology (MPM) Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), Peoria, Illinois. MPM scientists conduct interdisciplinary research in chemistry, microbiology, genetics, and plant biology to produce information and technologies needed to enhance food safety and crop production in the U.S. and around the world.Learn more about this agency
- Conducts research focused on optimizing sampling methods to accurately predict and determine mycotoxin contamination levels of grain.
- Determine effects of crop and storage conditions on toxin levels.
- Develops pre-harvest sampling plans with emphasis on emerging toxins and remote sensing.
- Develops post-harvest sampling plans for modern grain handling, storage, transportation, and processing.
- Uses a combination of analytical chemistry, statistics, modeling, food science, and agronomic approaches to accomplish research objectives.
- Collaborates with other ARS, university, and private sector scientists to build a multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research.
- Analyzes, interprets, and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations, and publications in scientific journals.
Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel is required to attend scientific meetings and conferences.
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