Menu

Research Plant Physiologist / Research Agronomist

at Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Mississippi, United States

Job Description

Summary This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production Systems Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. In this position, you will conduct fundamental research with a strong focus on applying basic science to solve real world challenges, primarily within the plant, soil, and environmental sciences. Responsibilities Developing research projects addressing biology and ecology of weeds, and integrated weed management strategies in cropping and natural ecosystems. Conducting data science/statistical modeling to explore weed-crop management interactions (weed ecology). Monitoring weed-crops using a combination of field and greenhouse experiments. Collecting spatiotemporal environmental and agronomic data to study the distribution of weeds, including herbicide resistant, at field to landscape levels. Establishing a network of weed research sites across Mississippi and other southeastern states to map the presence, abundance and management of agricultural weeds in diverse environments that vary in climate, geography, and crop types. Conducting research on competitive weeds and their phenology in weed-crop interactions and weed (bio)diversity on weed-crop competition. Developing methods that use eco-evolutionary principles to minimize negative interactions between weeds and crops in agroecosystems. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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 Physiology, 0435 Series Degree: botany or plant physiology; or a related scientific discipline that included at least 10 semester hours in plant physiology. Evaluation of Education: The 10-semester-hour requirement in plant physiology is specific. Course work is qualifying if it dealt with plant physiology, some phase of plant physiology, or methods and techniques applied in plant physiology work. Other course work in borderline areas should be evaluated on the basis of content. Basic Requirements for Agronomy, 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, fieldcrops, 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. 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: Assisting with the management of a research project addressing biology and ecology of weeds or integrated weed management; improving crop production practices by identifying crop-weed interactions; and drafting reports to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 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: Managing a research project addressing biology and ecology of weeds or integrated weed management; improving crop production practices by identifying crop-weed interactions; collaborating with scientists in support of a research project; and publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, weed science, or crop management. 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: Developing a research project addressing biology and ecology of weeds or integrated weed management; improving crop production practices and weed management strategies for profitable and sustainable cropping systems; collaborating with scientists in support of a research project; and presenting research results at professional meetings and publishing independent research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals in agronomy, crop production, weed science, or crop management. 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. Education Please see above for education qualification requirement information. Additional Information Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection

Copy Link

Job Posting: JC212101268

Posted On: Apr 30, 2022

Updated On: May 29, 2022