The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit in Corvallis, OR seeks a Research Soil Scientist ($81,875 -$149,562 per annum, plus benefits). The incumbent’s research develops approaches to enhance the productivity and profitability of agricultural systems in the Pacific Northwest with a strong emphasis on seed cropping systems of grasses, legumes, and other cover crop species. Producers face several emerging challenges that decrease productivity, including an aging and diminished arsenal to control pests, pathogens, and weeds, the degradation of soil health, and a changing climate. The soil scientist in this position finds solutions that balance the need improve production while minimizing environmental impacts. They work within seed cropping systems to develop and characterize production practices that simultaneously enhance soil health and improve crop productivity. Opportunities exist for collaboration with USDA scientists researching microbiology, plant pathology, entomology, agronomy and plant genetics to solve complex problems that advance crop production, conserve natural resources, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The position is located on the campus of Oregon State University, which offers the potential for engagement with a broad range of academic disciplines, resources, and programs that can advance the research mission. Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.