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Research Agronomist/Soil Scientist/ Agricultural Engineer

Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
This position is located within the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. The mission of this unit is to apply systems theory to the solution of complex, agricultural problems and to develop computer-aided farm decision-support systems and assessment tools for environmental study and analysis.
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. In addition to meeting the basic education requirements for this position, (described below) 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 focused on soil ecosystems in the context of crop production and sustainability; Creating or improving computer-aided soil lifecycle or crop models to evaluate current soil health and conditions and predict future soil conditions; OR Developing calculation tools focused on soil lifecycles and crop yield predictions, to aid farmers in making crop yield predictions. 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 focused on soil ecosystems in the context of crop production and sustainability; Creating or improving computer-aided soil lifecycle or crop models to evaluate current soil health and conditions and predict future soil conditions; Developing calculation tools focused on soil lifecycles and crop yield predictions, to aid farmers in making crop yield predictions; AND Independently conceiving, conducting, and leading research focused on soil ecosystems. 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/595447000

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
06 May 2021
CLOSES
16 April 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
87198 – 134798
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Soil Science