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Research Agronomist/Plant Geneticist

Agricultural Research Service, Woodward, OK, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
The position is with the Range and Pasture Research Unit at the USDA-ARS, Southern Plains Range Research Station, Woodward, OK. The Unit focus is rangeland ecosystems research and the mission of the Unit is to develop and transfer innovative production practices based on fundamentals of ecology and breed, select, and release improved plant germplasm to enhance forage and livestock production on Southern Plains range and pasture lands.
Job Requirements
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined above. Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet the basic requirements for at least one of the two series listed below in addition to the minimum qualifications. Geneticist, 0440 series: Degree: genetics; or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics. Graduate Education: Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, provided it placed sufficient emphasis on genetics. Evaluation of Education: Most students in the field take graduate work because specific training in genetics may be limited at the undergraduate level. Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to evaluate undergraduate course work in genetics in one of two ways,as described below, to determine whether or not it is qualifying. Courses dealing with genetics, some phase of genetics, or specific techniques that are applied in genetics work are acceptable. This includes courses in genetics, plant or animal genetics, molecular and cellular biology, mathematics and statistics (as they apply to genetics), population dynamics, and certain techniques such as those dealing with irradiation. Course work consisting of an appropriate combination of basic courses in genetics and cytology or statistics are also acceptable. Agronomist, 0471 series: Degree: agronomy; or related discipline of science that included at least 30 semester hours of course work in the basic plant sciences,including at least 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, such as those dealing with plant breeding, crop production, and soil and crop management. OR Combination of education and experience: at least 30 semester hours in the basic plant sciences, including a minimum of 15 semester hours in agronomic subjects, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Graduate Education: Agronomy, or one of the related disciplines or fields of science, such as plant physiology, soils, or genetics, where the curriculum or pattern of training placed major emphasis on field crops or agronomy. Graduate study in related fields, such as botany, plant pathology, and biochemistry may also be qualifying, provided it placed a sufficient amount of emphasis on agronomy. Evaluation of Education: Course work in such subjects as botany, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant breeding or genetics, plant ecology, plant pathology, microbiology, agronomy, or those dealing with basic soil-water-plant relationships of an agronomic or ecologic nature may be used to meet the 30-semester-hour requirement in the basic plant sciences. Agronomy courses include agronomy, field crops, field crop production or management, soil and crop management, plant breeding and development, weed control, and similar courses,including those in soils, biochemistry, plant physiology, etc., provided they dealt with principles, methods, or procedures that are applied directly in agronomic work and in the solving of agronomic problems. In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, applicants must also meet additional qualification requirements as stated below. At the

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 of forage agronomy with emphasis on selection, breeding and molecular genetics analysis of plants; Conducting research of plants establishment, soil-plant nutrient utilization, biotic and abiotic stressors, grazing management,livestock production, experimental design, and statistical analysis; Integrating research results into productive forage-livestock management systems by selecting relevant analytical techniques and models; and Publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, and/or crop management. At the

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 grade level of this position are: Leading crop or plant related research including providing, guidance on procedures and methods to be employed, and reviewing the work in progress; Conducting research of forage agronomy with emphasis on selection, breeding and molecular genetics analysis of plants; Conducting research of plants establishment, soil-plant nutrient utilization, biotic and abiotic stressors, grazing management,livestock production, experimental design, and statistical analysis; and Integrating research results into productive forage-livestock management systems by selecting relevant analytical techniques and models. 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 be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, 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.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/570683600

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
09 July 2020
CLOSES
13 July 2020
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
76721 – 118603
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Genetics