The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center, near Pendleton, Oregon, invites applications for a Headquarters-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate (research microbiologist), for a two-year appointment (GS-11, $64,009-$83,210 per annum). The mission of the research unit is to serve the public by providing scientific information that improves practices, techniques, and equipment for dryland crop production. Research focuses on precision agriculture, soil and water conservation, sustainable agriculture, global climate change, and crop diversification in the Columbia Plateau and related land resource areas. For more information on the research unit, please see http://ars.usda.gov/pwa/swcr.
Duties: The postdoctoral research associate will evaluate the influence of crop management strategies on the resistance and resilience of the agricultural soil microbiome to drought. The incumbent will rely on a suite of methods (e.g. molecular methods, sequencing, soil enzyme analyses, microscopy, plant growth and soil physical/chemical analyses) to assess the microbial, environmental and plant physiological effects. The position requires knowledge in microbial ecology and skills in developing hypotheses based on current literature, designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. The incumbent will also work closely with the USDA-ARS Soil Biology Groupx, a team of scientists focused on soil health and biological function.
Experience working with soils and knowledge of plant-microbe interactions and metagenomic techniques are desirable.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents who meet the criteria outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B)
Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. (last 4 years) in microbiology, microbial ecology or a related field that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, such as:
Knowledge of soil microbiology, microbial ecology and preferably plant-microbe interactions
Skill in microbial community analyses (e.g. quantitative PCR, soil enzyme assays, microscopy, sequencing, and preferably metagenomics)
Experience working with soils
Skill in statistical analyses
Ability to publish results in peer-reviewed literature
Appropriations Law and Immigration Law requirements must be met
Pre-employment fingerprint check with successful adjudication is required
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