Summary The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR December 29, 2022** Responsibilities The incumbent, a Research Biologist (Computational), is assigned to the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Ames, Iowa. Incumbent will work on tracing the origins and mechanisms of domestication across legume crops. Investigate fundamental features of evolution of the large and diverse legume family, and the molecular origins of traits and morphological features within this group of plants. Employ methods in computational biology and genetics, including: statistical methods of marker-trait association. Employ methods for determining syntonic relationships and for calculating and representing pan-genome relationships, methods for inferring gene families and for inferring evolutionary events from large collections of gene families. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications This position requires a Ph.D in plant genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements of the scientific discipline necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences, Series 0401 Basic Requirements: Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in (1) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Education This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. Application materials will not be returned. Additional Information Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.