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    Summary

    This position is located at the Sugarbeet and Potato Research Laboratory, Fargo, North Dakota.

    Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

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    Responsibilities

    • Generate knowledge that will reduce postharvest deterioration of potato tubers and improve postharvest storage, processing, nutritional, and market quality to meet todays consumer and industry needs.
    • Identify and characterize physiological processes or environmental factors affecting potato tuber growth and tuber quality, and their impact on postharvest physiology of potatoes.
    • Determine the regulatory mechanisms associated with physiological and physical disorders that affect the quality indices of potatoes.
    • Identify novel targets that can be utilized for developing improved methods to reduce postharvest deterioration and enhance maintenance of nutrition and market qualities of stored potatoes.
    • Determine molecular mechanisms regulating tuber sprout growth and wound healing.
    • Utilize methods for achieving research objectives that include techniques of chemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, food science and other technologies as appropriate.
    • Use a holistic approach to identify critical molecular, biochemical, and physiological mechanisms controlling tuber dormancy/sprout growth and wound-healing and, ultimately, to genetically, chemically, and/or physically manipulate these processes.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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