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Research Plant Pathologist

Employer
USDA-ARS Sugarcane Research Unit
Location
Houma, Louisiana, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 29, 2024

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Remote Sensing
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Research Plant Pathologist

USDA-ARS Sugarcane Research Unit

Location: Houma, Louisiana

Salary: $86,962 - $134,435 per year

Type: Full Time - Professional

Specialization: Agronomy, Crop Science

Category: Research

Required Education: Doctorate

Summary

This position is located in the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma, Louisiana.

In this position, you will be planning and conducting experiments; analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting results; and preparing reports of research results in the form of manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific meetings.

Specific duties include:

  • Identify germplasm of hybrid sugarcane and wild relatives of sugarcane for resistance to economically limiting diseases that breeders can use for parental clones.

  • Determine molecular and biological characteristics of economically important sugarcane pathogens that can be used as effective diagnostic protocols.

  • Monitor genetic changes in critical pathogen populations and the potential emergence of new pathogens using pathogen surveys.

  • Examine technologies for managing diseases in the absence of resistant cultivars, including chemical control.

  • Utilize new technologies including molecular biology and remote sensing.

  • Collaborate with geneticists to pursue multiple approaches that involved host-plant resistance or cultural practices based on studies of etiology and epidemiology of the disease.


Full job announcement can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/778868700

Requirements

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic Requirements for Plant Pathology Series, 0434
Degree: plant pathology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 20 semester hours in basic botany or plant science, and 10 semester hours in plant pathology.

Additional Requirements
In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below.

GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are: Conducting research related to plant pathogens including defining research problems and developing research plans; collecting and evaluating experimental data related to plant pathogens; using plant pathological, microbiological, molecular, or plant physiological techniques; and publishing original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in plant pathology, molecular biology, genetics, or plant physiology.

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are: Conceiving, planning, and conducting independent and collaborative research related to plant pathogens including defining research problems and developing research plans; collecting and evaluating experimental data related to plant pathogens; evaluating and using plant pathological, molecular biological, microbiological or plant physiological techniques; presenting research results at professional meetings, and publishing independent research findings in peer-reviewed journals in plant pathology, molecular biology, genetics, or plant physiology; and providing guidance to technicians and stakeholders in accomplishing research objectives.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To further support your qualifications, it is strongly recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral. Also, please submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 5MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, TXT or Word (DOC or DOCX). Do not upload Adobe Portfolio documents because they are not viewable.

Full job announcement can be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/778868700

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