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Research Soil Scientist

Agricultural Research Service, Riverside, CA, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
This position is located in the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Agricultural Water Efficiency and Salinity Research Unit, in Riverside, CA. This position will have the task of elucidating and quantifying the chemical and mineralogical processes operating in soil­water systems that influence crop production, soil and water conservation, and environmental pollution.
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 below.

Basic Requirement:

Degree: soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility. OR Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND In addition to the basic requirement above, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications: Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: 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. 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 on soil chemistry and water quality in the context of crop production, irrigation, water reuse, soil and water conservation, and environmental quality; Assessing water suitability for irrigation; Advanced knowledge of the diagnosis, management and amelioration of saline and sodic soils; AND Publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific meetings. OR Education: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related. 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. OR A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. 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 level of this position are: Conducting research on soil chemistry and water quality in the context of crop production, irrigation, water reuse, soil and water conservation, and environmental quality; Assessing water suitability for irrigation; Advanced knowledge of the diagnosis, management and amelioration of saline and sodic soils; Publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific meetings; AND Independently conceiving and conducting personal research focused on soil chemistry. At the

GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 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-14 level of this position are: Conducting research on soil chemistry and water quality in the context of crop production, irrigation, water reuse, soil and water conservation, and environmental quality;Assessing water suitability for irrigation; Advanced knowledge of the diagnosis, management and amelioration of saline and sodic soils; Publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific meetings; Independently conceiving and conducting personal research focused on soil chemistry; AND Independently conceive and lead team research. 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.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/588524700

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
14 February 2021
CLOSES
04 February 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
87612 – 160041
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Soil Science